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brainwash

or brain-wash, brain wash

[ breyn-wosh, -wawsh ]
/ ˈbreɪnˌwɒʃ, -ˌwɔʃ /
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verb (used with object)
to cause (someone) to undergo brainwashing.
noun
the process of brainwashing.
a subjection to brainwashing.
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Origin of brainwash

First recorded in 1950–55; back formation from brainwashing

OTHER WORDS FROM brainwash

brainwasher, noun
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How to use brainwash in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for brainwash

brainwash
/ (ˈbreɪnˌwɒʃ) /

verb
(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 forms of brainwash

brainwasher, nounbrainwashing, noun
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