psychological warfare


: things that are done to make someone (such as an enemy or opponent) become less confident or to feel hopeless, afraid, etc.
The army used radio broadcasts into enemy territory as a form of psychological warfare.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And that's because traditional girl bullying is psychological warfare, and traditional boy bullying is physical warfare. Eileen Finan, Peoplemag, 28 Apr. 2023 It’s not meant to be as extreme as psychological warfare, right? Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Apr. 2023 Might as well have a PhD in psychological warfare. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Mar. 2023 Dead behind the eyes, hair gelled to the gods, just munching away in an act of psychological warfare. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 13 Mar. 2023 But Adonis’ latest melee isn’t just a physical one; this match is also intense emotional and psychological warfare. Ineye Komonibo,, 3 Mar. 2023

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“Psychological warfare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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