brainwashed brainwashed  /b ˈreɪn ˌwɑʃt/


  • (adj) subjected to intensive forced indoctrination resulting in the rejection of old beliefs and acceptance of new ones


  1. The reality is that Chinese people are not a brainwashed bunch.
  2. He believed they would stay brainwashed into thinking that PTI magazine endorsed and promoted Putin and his politics.
  3. That they have brainwashed young women, born free, to seek self-subjugation breaks my heart.


  • Book Review: Brainwashed

    Brainwashed, by Sally Satel and Scott O Lilienfeld. Basic Books. I wanted to dislike this book. You see, I was suspicious of the fact that one of the authors is a resident scholar with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an organization whose political values I oppose, and, insofar as it's an organization with political values, has little business going near science. Then, when I found that ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Discover


  1. "There can't be any mess or individuality," Staunton said. "But, of course, that leads to brainwashed people."
    on Apr 8, 2007 By: Imelda Staunton Source: Forbes

  2. "People often assume that terrorists are poor, disadvantaged people who are brainwashed or need the money. But the ones who actually perpetrate violence without handlers and manipulation are highly intelligent by necessity," said Magnus...
    on Jul 3, 2007 By: Magnus Ranstorp Source: Forbes

  3. "We have to make the Pashtuns who are involved in extremism sit down and we have to talk to them," Khattak said. "Most of those who are involved are absolutely mistaken, misguided and brainwashed."
    on Feb 20, 2008 By: Afrasiab Khattak Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription)

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