Merriam-Webster announces 'Gaslighting' as its Word of the Year for 2022

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Merriam-Webster announces 'Gaslighting' as its Word of the Year for 2022

The world's renowned publisher 'Merriam Webster' has declared the word 'Gaslighting' as the Word of the Year for 2022.

Meaning of Gaslighting

  • The dictionary defines the term as: "The act or practice of grossly misleading someone especially for one’s own advantage."

  • Gaslighting refers to playing with someone on a psychological level for a long period of time, so that the victim begins to doubt the validity of their own thoughts and true sense of self.

  • Gaslighting can also be a corporate ploy to mislead the public.

  • Gaslighting, in simple language, is cheating psychologically with someone.

  • Psychological gaslighting is the questioning of reality while manipulating or dominating a person.

  • Talking to someone in a psychological way, questioning his existence, his truth, his decisions or his memories comes under the ambit of gaslighting.

  • This word is an emotional abuse. Such behaviour in love or in married life breaks a person completely. He feels himself mentally tortured.

This word came into existence in 1938

  • The term itself came into existence 80 years ago in 1938 through gas light, Gas Light is a play written by Patrick Hamilton. Two films were made on this play in the 1940s.

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