or brain-wash·ing, brain wash·ing
- a method for systematically changing attitudes or altering beliefs, originated in totalitarian countries, especially through the use of torture, drugs, or psychological-stress techniques.
- any method of controlled systematic indoctrination, especially one based on repetition or confusion: brainwashing by TV commercials.
- an instance of subjecting or being subjected to such techniques: efforts to halt the brainwashing of captive audiences.
Origin of brainwashing
or brain-wash, brain wash
- to cause (someone) to undergo brainwashing.
- the process of brainwashing.
- a subjection to brainwashing.
Origin of brainwash
Examples from the Web for brainwashing
“Immediately the brainwashing began,” Egan told The Daily Beast.‘I Considered Suicide,’ Alleged Sex Abuse Victim of Bryan Singer Tells The Daily Beast
April 18, 2014
“I think of a cult as brainwashing followers in some kind of weird philosophy,” he wrote in an email.Buddhist Retreat’s Death Saga
July 10, 2012
Why comics are diversifying—and what their creators say to groups accusing them of 'brainwashing' kids.DC Comics’ New Gay Green Lantern & Marvel’s First Same-Sex Marriage
June 1, 2012
"They certainly did a good job of brainwashing you, boy," Osmond sighed.The Blue Tower
Evelyn E. Smith
But the targets of this brainwashing will do well to look to their Central European neighbours for an antidote.After the Rain
The Lhari don't watch me too closely—they figure that anything I do they'll catch in the brainwashing.
They should have done a better job of brainwashing, if they expected him to skulk in like a scared rabbit!
The world was going to be run by telepaths, psychosis eliminated by brainwashing, intellect developed by hypnotic suggestion.This Crowded Earth
- (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 brainwashing
1950, a literal translation of Chinese xi nao. A term from the Korean War.
1955 (past participle adjective brainwashed attested from 1953); see brainwashing.
- Inducing a person to modify his or her beliefs, attitudes, or behavior by conditioning through various forms of pressure or torture.
Indoctrination that forces people to abandon their beliefs in favor of another set of beliefs. Usually associated with military and political interrogation and religious conversion, brainwashing attempts, through prolonged stress, to break down an individual's physical and mental defenses. Brainwashing techniques range from vocal persuasion and threats to punishment, physical deprivation, mind-altering drugs, and severe physical torture.