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brainwash

[breyn-wosh, -wawsh] /ˈbreɪnˌwɒʃ, -ˌwɔʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cause (someone) to undergo brainwashing.
noun
2.
the process of brainwashing.
3.
a subjection to brainwashing.
Also, brain-wash, brain wash.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; back formation from brainwashing
Related forms
brainwasher, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for brainwasher

brainwash

/ˈbreɪnˌwɒʃ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to effect a radical change in the ideas and beliefs of (a person), esp by methods based on isolation, sleeplessness, hunger, extreme discomfort, pain, and the alternation of kindness and cruelty
Derived Forms
brainwasher, noun
brainwashing, noun
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Word Origin and History for brainwasher

brainwash

v.

1955 (past participle adjective brainwashed attested from 1953); see brainwashing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for brainwasher

brainwash

noun

: Your line is persuasive, virtually a brainwash

verb
  1. To cause profound attitudinal changes, usually in a prisoner, by psychological conditioning, supplemented by drugs and physical abuse
  2. To change or influence someone's opinions or attitude by methods less stringent than those used on prisoners: They were brainwashed into joining that crazy cult

[1950s+; fr Chinese hsi nao, ''wash brain,'' which came into US use during and after the Korean War, apparently because of its use by North Koreans and their Chinese allies as custodians of US prisoners of war]


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