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gaslight

To manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to doubt their experience of reality. The phrase comes from the 1938 play Gas Light, in which the protagonist attempts to induce insanity in his wife by constantly questioning or doubting her reports of strange events, such as the dimming of the house's gas lights (which has in fact occurred and is related to the husband's nefarious activities). Her husband must be gaslighting her because she suddenly doubts all the evidence that she's found of his indiscretions. The administration has been accused of gaslighting with its repeated attempts to spread disinformation.

gaslighting

The act of manipulating someone psychologically so that they begin to doubt their experience of reality. The phrase comes from the 1938 play Gas Light, in which the protagonist attempts to induce insanity in his wife by constantly questioning or doubting her reports of strange events, such as the dimming of the house's gas lights (which has in fact occurred and is related to the husband's nefarious activities). Her husband must be gaslighting her because she suddenly doubts all the evidence that she's found of his indiscretions. The administration has been accused of gaslighting with its repeated attempts to spread disinformation.
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An illustrated catalogue published about 1903 by Rowe Brothers of Liverpool, ironmongery manufacturers and merchants, contains details of all kinds of gas lighting.
Once again, Birmingham - home of the invention of gas lighting - was slow on the uptake.
He had been an apprentice to Boulton and Watt and had learned much from Murdock's experiments with gas lighting.
However, we must note that gas lighting could be the object of just as negative a judgement.
True,it was a corrugated iron structure with gas lighting and, when it rained we huddled together in the benches to avoid the holes in the roof but we got a thorough grounding in basic education including religion.
So too, for moralists, the benefits of gas lighting were fatally compromised by the new temptations it bestowed on the night.
The timepiece is thought to have been designed by Murdoch - best known for inventing gas lighting - for his personal use because its design owes more to contemporary scientific and nautical instruments than horological.
1754: William Murdoch,Scottish engineer who, withJames Watt and Matthew Boulton,pioneered the use of coal gas lighting in 1792, was born.
The Birdcage Walk is an Edwardian structure of iron railings with hooped arches, which supported gas lighting and was a popular promenading spot.
These files typically describe the size of the rooms, and whether the house had indoor plumbing, gas lighting, and heat.
Murdoch invented gas lighting and I believe the lights standing in front of the Council House were lit by gas when first installed to commemorate this fact.
Boulton is credited with beginning the factory method of manufacturing, Watt was his business partner who redesigned the factory steam-engine, while Murdoch pioneered gas lighting.
Experimenting with distilling coal, he started producing coal gas in large iron retorts and ran a pipe into the front room of his Redruth home in 1792 to produce gas lighting. His gas making experiment continued on his return to Birmingham and by 1803, Boulton and Watt were providing gas lighting for their factory workers.