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. persuasion by propaganda or salesmanshipbrainwash transitive verbbrainwash nounbrainwasher noun

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