Definition of brainwash in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Make (someone) adopt radically different beliefs by using systematic and often forcible pressure.

    ‘the organization could brainwash young people’
    • ‘they have been brainwashed into conformity and subservience’
    • ‘There's always some conspiracy, it's always the government trying to brainwash you with propaganda.’
    • ‘Hundreds of images ran through my mind, like the flashes you see when they're brainwashing people in a bad sci-fi movie.’
    • ‘Has he sat in lessons across his electorate and come to the conclusion that we are all brainwashing children?’
    • ‘Who agreed to these intrusive screens brainwashing us day after day?’
    • ‘A remote, ruthless government struggles to maintain order by brainwashing its criminals.’
    • ‘In that sense the system is acting for the benefit of the individual when it brainwashes him into conformity.’
    • ‘As a susceptible child, I was brainwashed into believing that was true.’
    • ‘He was brainwashed and terrorized and threatened, but he was gotten back alive.’
    • ‘Marge tries her hand at deprogramming after her family is brainwashed by a religious cult.’
    • ‘We are brainwashed into thinking that it is in some way wrong.’
    • ‘You're brainwashed by men and the media into thinking things like that.’
    • ‘That book tries to brainwash you into hating television and it was pretty successful.’
    • ‘The books are clearly inappropriate for young children and are an outrageous attempt to brainwash our kids.’
    • ‘Cults brainwash their members into believing that they have no worthwhile thoughts of their own, and give up their right to speak for themselves.’
    • ‘Which is all fine and dandy, but the fact remains that vegetables are gross, and no amount of therapy or hypnosis is going to brainwash me into believing otherwise.’
    • ‘Not content with taking our money, they want to brainwash us.’
    • ‘He created a number of fictitious characters and situations which he manipulated to brainwash his new friend.’
    • ‘In interviews he said his neighbours had been trying to brainwash him.’
    • ‘We have no legal right to prevent our government from trying to brainwash us, however ineptly.’
    • ‘What must be crystal clear to readers is that I did denounce the Chinese Communist government for brainwashing its people.’
    indoctrinate, condition, re-educate, persuade, propagandize, influence, inculcate, drill
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/ˈbrānˌwôSH/ /ˈbreɪnˌwɔʃ/ /ˈbrānˌwäSH/ /ˈbreɪnˌwɑʃ/