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or brain-wash, brain wash

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

First recorded in 1950–55; back formation from brainwashing
Related formsbrain·wash·er, noun
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Related Words for brainwash

indoctrinate, educate, convert, influence, persuade, instill, catechize, proselytize, teach, convince, alter, condition

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  • This makes any attempts to brainwash the enlisted men impracticable and a great deal of pressure is thereby removed.

British Dictionary definitions for brainwash


  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
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Derived Formsbrainwasher, nounbrainwashing, noun
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Word Origin and History for brainwash


1955 (past participle adjective brainwashed attested from 1953); see brainwashing.

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