or brain-wash·ing, brain wash·ing
Origin of brainwashing
or brain-wash, brain wash
verb (used with object)
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|Tim Teeman|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I think of a cult as brainwashing followers in some kind of weird philosophy,” he wrote in an email.
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|Melissa Leon|June 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They should have done a better job of brainwashing, if they expected him to skulk in like a scared rabbit!
The Lhari don't watch me too closely—they figure that anything I do they'll catch in the brainwashing.
The world was going to be run by telepaths, psychosis eliminated by brainwashing, intellect developed by hypnotic suggestion.This Crowded Earth|Robert Bloch
But the targets of this brainwashing will do well to look to their Central European neighbours for an antidote.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
"They certainly did a good job of brainwashing you, boy," Osmond sighed.The Blue Tower|Evelyn E. Smith
1950, a literal translation of Chinese xi nao. A term from the Korean War.
1955 (past participle adjective brainwashed attested from 1953); see brainwashing.
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.