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brainwashing

 [brān´wahsh-ing]
any systematic effort aimed at instilling certain attitudes and beliefs in persons against their will, usually beliefs in conflict with their prior beliefs and knowledge. It initially referred to political indoctrination of prisoners of war and political prisoners.

brain·wash·ing

(brān'wash'ing),
Inducing a person to modify attitudes and behavior in certain directions through various forms of psychological pressure or torture.

brainwashing

/brain·wash·ing/ (brān´wahsh″ing) any systematic effort aimed at instilling certain attitudes and beliefs in a person against their will, usually beliefs in conflict with prior beliefs and knowledge.

brainwashing

(brān′wŏsh′ĭng, -wô′shĭng)
n.
1. Intensive, forcible indoctrination, usually political or religious, aimed at destroying a person's basic convictions and attitudes and replacing them with an alternative set of fixed beliefs.
2. The application of a concentrated means of persuasion, such as an advertising campaign or repeated suggestion, in order to develop a specific belief or motivation.

brainwashing

intensive indoctrination, usually of a political or religious nature, applied to individuals to develop in their minds a specific belief and motivation.
Any mental manipulation intended to change, and ultimately control, the mind of another person, who is held against his/her volition and subjected to psychologic pressure or torture

brain·wash·ing

(brān'wawsh'ing)
Inducing a person to modify his attitudes and behavior in certain directions through various forms of psychological pressure or torture.

brainwashing

Concentrated and sustained indoctrination designed to delete a person's fundamental beliefs and attitudes and replace them with new, imposed data. It is questionable whether this intention can ever be fully realized.
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