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gaslight

[gas-lahyt] /ˈgæsˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
light produced by the combustion of illuminating gas.
2.
a gas burner or gas jet for producing this kind of light.
adjective
3.
gaslit (def 2).
verb (used with object), gaslighted or gaslit, gaslighting.
4.
to cause (a person) to doubt his or her sanity through the use of psychological manipulation:
How do you know if your partner is gaslighting you?
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; gas + light1; def 4 in reference to the 1944 movie Gaslight, in which an abusive husband secretly and repeatedly dims and brightens the gaslights in the house while accusing his wife of imagining the flickering
Related forms
gaslighted, gaslit, adjective
gaslighting, noun
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Examples from the web for gaslight
  • To those used to gaslight or candles, their unwavering glare was unnerving.
  • We are not lighting their parlors with gaslight, are we.
  • When he prematurely announced that he'd come up with the bulb, stock in gaslight companies took a dive.
British Dictionary definitions for gaslight

gaslight

/ˈɡæsˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a type of lamp in which the illumination is produced by an incandescent mantle heated by a jet of gas
2.
the light produced by such a lamp
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Contemporary definitions for gaslight
verb

to manipulate someone into questioning their own sanity; to subtly drive someone crazy

Word Origin

1956

Usage Note

slang; gaslighting, n

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Slang definitions & phrases for gaslight

gaslight

verb

To deceive someone systematically: He set me up and has been gaslighting me

[1950s+; fr the 1944 movie Gaslight, in which a man attempts to drive his wife mad by causing her to mistrust her senses]


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