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Dictionary Definition

brainwash

Verb

1 persuade completely, often through coercion; "The propaganda brainwashed many people"
2 submit to brainwashing; indoctrinate forcibly

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English

Etymology

A calque of the Chinese 洗脑 (Pinyin: xǐ năo), literally "to wash the brain"

Pronunciation

  • brān'wŏsh, /ˈbreɪnwɒʃ/, /"breInwQS/

Noun

  1. An effect upon one's memory, belief, or ideas.

Translations

Verb

  1. To affect one's mind by using extreme mental pressure or any other mind effecting process. (i.e. hypnosis)
  2. In the context of "figurative|dated": To take from an electronically controlled machine its stored-up information; to erase a computer's programming. (1960)

Translations

Extensive Definition

Brainwash may refer to:
brainwash in Russian: Brainwashed

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