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gaslight

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EtymologyEdit

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.

NounEdit

gaslight (plural gaslights)

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  1. (UK) The light produced by burning piped illuminating gas.
  2. (UK) 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)

  1. (slang) To manipulate someone psychologically such that they question their own sanity.

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