brainwash

or brain-wash, brain wash

[breyn-wosh, -wawsh]
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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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Examples from the Web for brainwash

Contemporary Examples of brainwash

  • Icons is the attempt of Mr. Brainwash, who represents himself, to storm New York.

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    The Art of 'Mr. Brainwash'

    Anthony Haden-Guest

    February 18, 2010

  • Over time, he became a street artist himself: the splendidly named Mr. Brainwash.

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    The Art of 'Mr. Brainwash'

    Anthony Haden-Guest

    February 18, 2010

  • A friend had heard that Mr. Brainwash had staked everything he had on this show.

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    The Art of 'Mr. Brainwash'

    Anthony Haden-Guest

    February 18, 2010

Historical Examples of brainwash

  • 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper