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brainwash

or brain-wash, brain wash

[breyn-wosh, -wawsh]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause (someone) to undergo brainwashing.
noun
  1. the process of brainwashing.
  2. a subjection to brainwashing.

Origin of brainwash

First recorded in 1950–55; back formation from brainwashing
Related formsbrain·wash·er, noun
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  • This makes any attempts to brainwash the enlisted men impracticable and a great deal of pressure is thereby removed.


British Dictionary definitions for brainwash

brainwash

verb
  1. (tr) 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 Formsbrainwasher, nounbrainwashing, noun
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Word Origin and History for brainwash

v.

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

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