brainwash brainwash  /b ˈreɪn ˌwɑʃ/


  1. (v) persuade completely, often through coercion
  2. (v) submit to brainwashing; indoctrinate forcibly


  1. Even then, Hamas and Islamic Jihad had to cajole--some might say brainwash--young men into believing that the rewards of paradise outweighed the prospects of life on earth.
  2. The media don't brainwash people into wanting MJ 247; millions deeply loved him.
  3. Perle's theory: the Soviets brainwash expectant mothers to achieve painless childbirth.



  1. "I condemn it in the strongest terms and call on the international community to work with Afghanistan in stopping sanctuaries that raise, train and brainwash young people to become suicide attackers," Karzai said in a statement.
    on Sep 29, 2006 By: Hamid Karzai Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Andy Warhol was replicating images to show they were meaningless," says Banksy. "And now thanks to Mister Brainwash, they're definitely meaningless."
    on Feb 15, 2010 By: Banksy Source: BBC News

  3. "I think it's comical," added Knuble. "We saw the article and we all got a chuckle out of it. It's like the team is promoting a mentality to brainwash players into doing things on the ice. Those are incidents where they all happened to be...
    on Nov 1, 2007 By: Mike Knuble Source: SLAM! Sports

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