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.

Examples of psychological warfare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All in all, Miranda engaging in psychological warfare and sloppy catfighting with Larry over creative control of Fatwa! Larry Fitzmaurice, Vulture, 8 Apr. 2024 Seoul rejected it as low-level psychological warfare, but ignoring it could be a justification for further North Korean provocation. Sue Mi Terry, Foreign Affairs, 30 Jan. 2024 The Army’s psychological warfare soldiers are using their brand of mental combat to bring in what the service needs: recruits. Lolita C. Baldor, Fortune, 3 May 2024 Israel has criticized videos like this as psychological warfare. Aurora Almendral, NBC News, 24 Apr. 2024 Robert Bunker, a counterterrorism researcher and former U.S. Army War College professor, said the videos purporting to show Haitian gang members reminded him of similar videos that drug cartels distributed in Mexico as a form of psychological warfare and intimidation. David Ingram, NBC News, 13 Mar. 2024 The host Jesse Watters suggested the superstar was a Defense Department asset engaging in psychological warfare. Jonathan Weisman, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2024 Further revelations that the US had supplied Nicaraguan death squads with psychological warfare guides would not help that public relations problem. Justin Ling, WIRED, 1 Feb. 2024 Linebarger, who died in 1966, served in the Office of War Information during the Second World War and helped establish the US Army’s psychological warfare section. Justin Ling, WIRED, 1 Feb. 2024

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“Psychological warfare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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