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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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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.
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Listen to just a bit of his description of the Victorian philosopher John Stuart Mill, an "administrative piston" at the East India Company for 35 years: "Most of his active life was passed at the end of that 100-yard-long gaslit corridor in Leadenhall Street, behind a thick green baize door, in a high bare office smelling of coconut matting and ink and coal dust, inditing the sealed instructions of Imperial administration.
The business prospered, the brothers acquired wealth and reputation, and in 1844 James was elected mayor of what had become a gaslit metropolis inhabited by 300,000 people, the cobblestoned streets loud with the clatter of horses and wagons, the ships in the rivers crowding so close to the piers that their bowsprits pushed up against the upper windows of the waterfront taverns.
In "Vienna About 1900" the horse-drawn carriage is driven towards the camera through the rain of a gaslit street.
On two special Christmas evenings, December 17 and 21, the superbly preserved Victorian village ladles on atmosphere, with gaslit streets, candle-lit houses, carollers, chestnuts, mulled wine and silent movie classics.
or a gaslit, sepia past where straying urchins (are they orphans?) are fingered in a trice to show how well a wonder horse divines.
Nasaw's story begins with the transformation of the American city by electricity from the gaslit, "dark and treacherous netherworld into a glittering multicolored wonderland" that drew city dwellers "out" of their crowded, dingy tenements into the new bustle of urban nightlife.
There was music here that male voice choirs have been singing for generations, such as O Holy Night, The Star of Bethlehem and The Holy City, which have the power to take the listener on a journey back to gaslit chapels and Victorian parlours, but there was more up-to-date and rhythmically challenging material too.
The color scheme continues across the wide entrance hall, where a painting of George Whitcomb hangs between sconces far brighter than their gaslit Victorian counterparts would have been; polished wood beams define the ceiling.
It has preserved the cobblestone streets, gaslit lamps, narrow roads, and colonial stonework of the colonial era.
A raspy female voice was whispering, 'Yes, Ali, yes' Ali looked into the mirrored blade and there reflected he saw the faint grey faces of all those who had been slain by Jaggaroo, from the ritual slayings in the days of King Solomon to the shadowy victims in the festering gaslit warrens of London's East End during the Ripper's reign of terror.
"Ditto fish & chip and icecream shops with parlours, small cinemas in practically every street, cobbled streets, alleys and closes still gaslit and full of life and activity."
A NOSTALGIC image of a gaslit Salthouse Docks in Liverpool by the celebrated Victorian artist John Atkinson Grimshaw has fetched pounds 228,500 at auction.
Everything from boredom to fashion to revolution, everyone from the flaneur and the dandy to the gambler and the utopian anarchist, emerges from the gaslit dimness of the nineteenth-century arcades into the light of Benjamin's fascinated gaze.