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gaslight

[gas-lahyt]
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noun
  1. light produced by the combustion of illuminating gas.
  2. a gas burner or gas jet for producing this kind of light.
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adjective
  1. gaslit(def 2).
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verb (used with object), gas·light·ed or gas·lit, gas·light·ing.
  1. to cause (a person) to doubt his or her sanity through the use of psychological manipulation: How do you know if your partner is gaslighting you?
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Origin of gaslight

1800–10; gas + light1; def 4 in reference to the 1944 movie Gaslight, in which an abusive husband secretly and repeatedly dims and brightens the gaslights in the house while accusing his wife of imagining the flickering
Related formsgas·light·ed, gas·lit, adjectivegas·light·ing, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for gaslight

gaslight

noun
  1. a type of lamp in which the illumination is produced by an incandescent mantle heated by a jet of gas
  2. the light produced by such a lamp
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