gaslight

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English[edit]

A gaslight being lit by a lamplighter in Stockholm, 1953

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Etymology[edit]

gas +‎ light. The verb sense derives from the 1938 stage play Gas Light, in which a husband attempts to convince his wife and others that she is insane by manipulating small elements of their environment.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɡæslaɪt/
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gaslight (countable and uncountable, plural gaslights)

  1. (Britain) The light produced by burning piped illuminating gas.
  2. (Britain) A lamp which operates by burning gas.

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gaslight (third-person singular simple present gaslights, present participle gaslighting, simple past and past participle gaslighted or gaslit)

  1. To manipulate someone psychologically such that they question their own memory, perception and sanity, thereby evoking in them low self-esteem and cognitive dissonance.

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