psychological warfare


the use of propaganda, threats, and other psychological techniques to mislead, intimidate, demoralize, or otherwise influence the thinking or behavior of an opponent.

Origin of psychological warfare

First recorded in 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for psychological warfare

demoralization, intimidation, saber-rattling

Examples from the Web for psychological warfare

Historical Examples of psychological warfare

  • It was beginning to look as though the psychological-warfare experiment might show another, unexpected, success.

    Oomphel in the Sky

    Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for psychological warfare

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
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