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psychological warfare

the use of propaganda, threats, and other psychological techniques to mislead, intimidate, demoralize, or otherwise influence the thinking or behavior of an opponent.
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1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His reaction then was that it was all a Wall Street-capitalist plot—'psychological warfare,' he called it.

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psychological warfare

the military application of psychology, esp to propaganda and attempts to influence the morale of enemy and friendly groups in time of war
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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