An example of brainwash is to lock new religious converts in a room and teach them the details of a religion without allowing access to the outside world.
transitive verbbrain·washed, brain·wash·ing, brain·wash·es
Origin of brainwashBack-formation from brainwashing
- An effect upon one's memory, belief, or ideas.
(third-person singular simple present brainwashes, present participle brainwashing, simple past and past participle brainwashed)
- To affect one's mind by using extreme mental pressure or any other mind-affecting process. (i.e. hypnosis)
- (figuratively, dated) To take from an electronically controlled machine its stored-up information; to erase a computer's programming. (1960)