or brain-wash, brain wash
- to cause (someone) to undergo brainwashing.
- the process of brainwashing.
- a subjection to brainwashing.
Origin of brainwash
First recorded in 1950–55; back formation from brainwashing
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Examples from the Web for brainwash
Icons is the attempt of Mr. Brainwash, who represents himself, to storm New York.
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A friend had heard that Mr. Brainwash had staked everything he had on this show.
This makes any attempts to brainwash the enlisted men impracticable and a great deal of pressure is thereby removed.I Was a Teen-Age Secret Weapon
- (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
Word Origin and History for brainwash
1955 (past participle adjective brainwashed attested from 1953); see brainwashing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper