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[gas-lit] /ˈgæsˌlɪt/
having illumination provided by burning gas:
gaslit streets.
of or resembling a time, especially the 1890s, when gaslight was widely used:
the gaslit era.
Origin of gaslit
First recorded in 1830-40; gas + lit1


[gas-lahyt] /ˈgæsˌlaɪt/
light produced by the combustion of illuminating gas.
a gas burner or gas jet for producing this kind of light.
gaslit (def 2).
verb (used with object), gaslighted or gaslit, gaslighting.
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?
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gaslit
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  • She wrapped the rug about her knees, and looked out luxuriously at the gaslit streets.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • It brought up memories of his own experiences, of rows of gaslit faces, and of a friendly helpful voice that said, "Speak up?"

  • Captain George Percy Cavendish, standing at the window, looking abstractedly out at the starlit and gaslit street, was thinking.

    A Changed Heart May Agnes Fleming
  • They transfigured the narrow, gaslit first-floor landing of his great-aunt's house into a secret and unearthly grove of bliss.

    The Price of Love

    Arnold Bennett
  • They remembered the noise of gaslit streets, the steamy heat of tap-rooms or the scorching sunshine of calm days at sea.

  • Acting on impulse at last, she took council with John, securing him as her companion in the gaslit walk from a concert.

    Magnum Bonum Charlotte M. Yonge
  • It relieved her from the burden of being in high focus—the relief had come as soon as she took her place at the gaslit table.

    Pointed Roofs Dorothy Richardson
  • The girls were drawn up on either side of the gaslit room—leaving the shuttered windows clear.

    Pointed Roofs Dorothy Richardson
  • We rattled through an endless labyrinth of gaslit streets until we emerged into Farringdon Street.

  • In the gaslit kitchen, surrounded by steaming linen, Victoria wrote a little feverish note in pencil.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
British Dictionary definitions for gaslit


a type of lamp in which the illumination is produced by an incandescent mantle heated by a jet of gas
the light produced by such a lamp
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Contemporary definitions for gaslit

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

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slang; gaslighting, n's 21st Century Lexicon
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Slang definitions & phrases for gaslit



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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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