“I think of a cult as brainwashing followers in some kind of weird philosophy,” he wrote in an email.
“Immediately the brainwashing began,” Egan told The Daily Beast.
Why comics are diversifying—and what their creators say to groups accusing them of 'brainwashing' kids.
The world was going to be run by telepaths, psychosis eliminated by brainwashing, intellect developed by hypnotic suggestion.
"They certainly did a good job of brainwashing you, boy," Osmond sighed.
But the targets of this brainwashing will do well to look to their Central European neighbours for an antidote.
The Lhari don't watch me too closely—they figure that anything I do they'll catch in the brainwashing.
They should have done a better job of brainwashing, if they expected him to skulk in like a scared rabbit!
1950, a literal translation of Chinese xi nao. A term from the Korean War.
brainwashing brain·wash·ing (brān'wŏsh'ĭng)
Inducing a person to modify his or her beliefs, attitudes, or behavior by conditioning through various forms of pressure or torture.
Indoctrination that forces people to abandon their beliefs in favor of another set of beliefs. Usually associated with military and political interrogation and religious conversion, brainwashing attempts, through prolonged stress, to break down an individual's physical and mental defenses. Brainwashing techniques range from vocal persuasion and threats to punishment, physical deprivation, mind-altering drugs, and severe physical torture.
: Your line is persuasive, virtually a brainwash
[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]