from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of brain-washing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the process of forcible indoctrination into a new set of attitudes and beliefs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. forcible indoctrination into a new set of attitudes and beliefs


Translation of Chinese (Mandarin) xǐ nacaron.gifo : , to wash + nacaron.gifo, brain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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