the use of propaganda, threats, and other psychological techniques to mislead, intimidate, demoralize, or otherwise influence the thinking or behavior of an opponent.
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How to use psychological warfare in a sentence
The unit, innocuously named First Mobile Radio Broadcasting Company, was designed with psychological warfare in mind to spread disinformation and undermine enemy morale.
The Green Berets cover everything from humanitarian assistance to anti-narcotics operations to psychological warfare.
The New Climate War’s main focus is to combat psychological warfare, and on this front, the book is fascinating and often entertaining.‘The New Climate War’ exposes tactics of climate change ‘inactivists’ | Carolyn Gramling | January 15, 2021 | Science News
TEL AVIV, Israel — Call it psychological warfare gone wrong.Israel, Hamas, WhatsApp and Hacked Phones in the Gaza Psy-War | Itay Hod | July 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The psychological warfare can also be seen in the patronizing tone Democratic officials are now taking toward the Republicans.
He might be a civilian big-wheel in an Army psychological warfare project, but he still had four newscasts a day to produce.Oomphel in the Sky | Henry Beam Piper
It was beginning to look as though the psychological-warfare experiment might show another, unexpected, success.Oomphel in the Sky | Henry Beam Piper
His reaction then was that it was all a Wall Street-capitalist plot—'psychological warfare,' he called it.Warning from the Stars | Ron Cocking
British Dictionary definitions for psychological warfare
the military application of psychology, esp to propaganda and attempts to influence the morale of enemy and friendly groups in time of war