brainwashing rainwashing n. the process of forcible indoctrination into a new set of attitudes and beliefs. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • brainwashing — (n.) 1950, a literal translation of Chinese xi nao. A term from the Korean War. The verb brainwash is recorded from 1955, but the pp. adjective brainwashed is attested from 1953 …   Etymology dictionary

  • brainwashing — /brayn wosh ing, waw shing/, n. 1. a method for systematically changing attitudes or altering beliefs, originated in totalitarian countries, esp. through the use of torture, drugs, or psychological stress techniques. 2. any method of controlled… …   Universalium

  • Brainwashing — I Brainwashing,   Gehirnwäsche. II Brainwashing   [ breɪnwɔʃɪȖ] das, s, englische Bezeichnung für Gehirnwäsche …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Brainwashing — Brain|wa|shing [...wɔʃiŋ] das; s <aus gleichbed. engl. brainwashing> durch psychophysischen Druck erzwungene politische u. weltanschauliche Umerziehung, Gehirnwäsche …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • brainwashing — noun Etymology: translation of Chinese (Beijing) xǐnaˇo Date: 1950 1. a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • brainwashing — Inducing a person to modify attitudes and behavior in certain directions through various forms of psychological pressure or torture. * * * brain·wash·ing brān .wȯsh iŋ, .wäsh n a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic… …   Medical dictionary

  • brainwashing — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. indoctrination, implantation, conditioning; see education 1 , persuasion 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • Brainwashing — Brain|wa|shing 〈[brɛınwɔʃıŋ] n.; Gen.: od. s; Pl.: unz.〉 zwanghaft ausgeübte Umerziehung des menschlichen Denkens u. Willens in weltanschaulicher od. politischer Hinsicht, Gehirnwäsche [Etym.: engl.] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

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