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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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The gas lit up in full glare myriads of revolvers grouped in the form of lustres, while groups of pistols, and candelabra formed of muskets bound together, completed this magnificent display of brilliance.
But in the city where the painted stucco blisters under the smoky sun, and the sooty rain brings slush and mud, and the snow lies piled in dirty heaps, and the chill blasts whistle down dingy streets and shriek round flaring gas lit corners, no face of Nature charms us.
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There wasn't a car in sight in the previous snap but there are quite a few vehicles here, and the lampposts look as if they are still gas lit. All the buildings on the right have long since gone to make way for the Mall shopping centre.
Yvette Fielding, the world's foremost ghosthunter, guides the celebrities around the museum's gas lit village and the Guest Hospital as they embark upon a chilling investigation, experiencing psychic spaces, spiritual hotspots and Black Country bumps in the night.
By examining gas lit up by an exploding star, astronomers have obtained new insight into how a common type of supernova erupts.
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Half an hour later they were called to the railway line where a gas cannister had been placed next to the track, the tap turned on and the gas lit. Train movements were halted for 30 minutes.