Another Word For GASLIGHTING


Noun : One who, or that which, lights gas.

Noun : One who engages in the psychological tactic of gaslighting.

mind game

Noun : (games, psychology) An attempt at psychological manipulation against someone, in order to confuse them.

psychological projection

Noun : the process of misinterpreting what is "inside" as coming from "outside".


Noun : (logic) A logical fallacy resulting from the use of multiple meanings of a single expression.

Noun : The use of expressions susceptible of a double signification, possibly intentionally and with the aim of misleading.


Noun : The act or practice of quoting somebody out of context, often to give a false impression of what they said.

parlour game

Noun : Any of a number of amusing games played indoors with few props by the members of a social gathering.

Noun : (politics, figuratively) The use of deliberately nebulous or confusing language.


Noun : Any language deliberately constructed to disguise or distort its actual meaning, often by employing euphemism or ambiguity.


Noun : An instance of something being misconstrued; a misconstrual.

character assassination

Noun : (idiomatic) A malicious discourse designed to damage the reputation of someone.


Noun : (slang, vulgar) Something that intentionally destabilizes, confuses or manipulates the mind of another person.

emotional blackmail

Noun : The psychological abuse of a person's emotions or insecurities in order to influence their behaviour.


Noun : A delusional person; one who believes something that is false.


Noun : (derogatory) One who denies an assertion in a controversial debate.

weasel word

Noun : (derogatory, dated) A word that negates or removes the meaning of the word it qualifies.

Noun : (derogatory) A word used to hedge a statement, for example to make it vague, equivocal, or misleading.

Verb : To use weasel words.


Noun : A misunderstanding or misinterpretation resulting from the use of the wrong meaning of a word that has multiple meanings.

Noun : (grammar) An ungrammatical phrase.

Noun : A misconstrual or misinterpretation.


Noun : The act of characterizing something in an inaccurate or misleading way


Noun : The act of fooling oneself, of willfully not accepting the obvious.

semantic ambiguity

Noun : A linguistic expression shows semantic ambiguity when it can have multiple senses, at least when uttered out of context.


Noun : False information intentionally disseminated to deliberately confuse or mislead; intentional misinformation.

Noun : Fabricated or deliberately manipulated content. Intentionally created conspiracy theories or rumors.


Noun : A sensory perception of something that does not exist, often arising from disorder of the nervous system, as in delirium tremens; a delusion.

Noun : The act of hallucinating; a wandering of the mind; an error, mistake or blunder.

mental gymnastics

Noun : Difficult and complex logical thought processes, especially when performed effortlessly.

Noun : (derogatory) Inventive, complex arguments used to justify what is otherwise unjustifiable.


Noun : A claim that is self-evidently false, commonly used a rhetorical device.

false light

Noun : (idiomatic, countable) A point of view resulting in a misleading or inaccurate representation of a person, situation, or fact.

Noun : (law, uncountable) A cause of action arising under the common law where a person is portrayed in a way which, while not technically false, is misleading and likely to cause embarrassment to that person.

secondary victimization

Noun : The act of blaming the victim of a crime rather than the perpetrator.


Noun : A person who obscures or muddles information, making something appear to be a mystery.

Noun : A situation that is puzzling, or mystifying

big lie

Noun : (often politics or public policy, often preceded by the) The policy or practice of insistently making a false claim which is so emphatic and grandiose that listeners and readers will reckon that the claim must be true because no one would dare to fabricate something so forceful and extravagant; a false claim produced by the application of this policy or practice.

Noun : Alternative form of big lie [(often politics or public policy, often preceded by the) The policy or practice of insistently making a false claim which is so emphatic and grandiose that listeners and readers will reckon that the claim must be true because no one would dare to fabricate something so forceful and extravagant; a false claim produced by the application of this policy or practice.]


Noun : (uncountable) Use of acerbic language to mock or convey contempt, often using irony and (in speech) often marked by overemphasis and a sneering tone of voice.

Noun : (countable) An act of sarcasm.

false accusation of rape

Noun : A false accusation of rape happens when a person says they have been raped when no rape has occurred.


Noun : (uncountable, rhetoric, literature) Deliberate or unintentional overstatement, particularly extreme overstatement.

Noun : (countable) An instance or example of such overstatement.

Noun : (countable, obsolete) A hyperbola.


Noun : The use of a longer expression instead of a shorter one with a similar meaning, for example "I am going to" instead of "I will".

Noun : (linguistics) Expressing a grammatical meaning (such as a tense) using a syntactic construction rather than morphological marking.

Noun : (rhetoric) The substitution of a descriptive word or phrase for a proper name (a type of circumlocution).


Noun : A lack of clarity or order.

Noun : The state of being confused; misunderstanding.

Noun : The act of mistaking one thing for another or conflating distinct things.

false accusation

Noun : A false accusation is a claim or allegation of wrongdoing that is untrue and/or otherwise unsupported by facts.


Noun : An act of misleading, of convincing someone to concentrate in an incorrect direction.

Noun : (UK, law) An error of law within a judgement committed by a judge or judges of a lower court, particularly as found by an appeals court


Noun : (slang, vulgar, derogatory) Somebody who intentionally destabilizes, confuses or manipulates the mind of another person.


Noun : A menacing, ghost-like monster in children's stories.

Noun : (by extension) Any make-believe threat, especially one used to intimidate or distract.


Noun : A person who misinterprets, or makes misinterpretations


Noun : A misuse of a word; an application of a term to something which it does not properly denote.

Noun : (often, especially) Such a misuse involving some similarity of sound between the misused word and the appropriate word.

Noun : (rhetoric) A misapplication or overextension of figurative or analogical description; a wrongly applied metaphor or trope.


Noun : (literature, archaic) A genre of riddles where the clues to the answer are descriptions or puns on its syllables, with a final clue to the whole.

Noun : (uncommon) A single round of the game charades, an acted form of the earlier riddles.

Noun : (obsolete) A play resembling the game charades, particularly due to poor acting.

red herring

Noun : A herring that is cured in smoke and brine strong enough to turn the flesh red; a type of kipper.

Noun : (figuratively) A clue, information, argument etc. that is or is intended to be misleading, diverting attention from the real answer or issue.

Noun : (finance) A red herring prospectus.

verbal overshadowing

Noun : (psychology) The situation where considering something in verbal terms reduces one's visual or other memory of the thing.


Noun : (uncountable) The property of being false.

Noun : (countable) A false statement, especially an intentional one; a lie.

Noun : (archaic, rare) Mendacity, deceitfulness; the trait of a person who is mendacious and deceitful.


Noun : (uncountable) The act or process of obfuscating, or obscuring the perception of something; the concept of concealing the meaning of a communication by making it more confusing and harder to interpret.

Noun : (computing, uncountable) The alteration of computer code to preserve its behavior while concealing its structure and intent.

Noun : (uncountable) Confusion, bewilderment, or a baffled state resulting from something obfuscated, or made more opaque and muddled with the intent to obscure information.

freudian slip

Noun : (psychology) A mistake in speech or action in which a person supposedly shows their true subconscious desires.


Noun : Behavior exhibiting excessive or uncontrollable emotions, in a wide range from joy to panic but usually including anxiety or fear.

Noun : (medicine, nosologically dated) A mental disorder characterized by emotional excitability etc. without an organic cause.

Noun : (informal, psychopathology) Synonym of conversion disorder

name calling

Noun : Name-calling is a form of argument in which insulting or demeaning labels are directed at an individual or group.


Noun : (linguistics, lexicography, countable) A word or phrase which has recently been coined; a new word or phrase, or an existing one which has gained a new meaning.

Noun : (linguistics, uncountable) The act or instance of coining, or uttering a new word.

Noun : (psychiatry) The newly coined, meaningless words or phrases of someone with a psychosis, usually schizophrenia.


Noun : The act of removing the legitimacy from something, or of making something illegitimate.


Noun : (rhetoric, rare) A figure of speech wherein an insult is disguised as or softened by a jest.

parlour trick

Noun : Synonym of party trick (“trick performed for entertainment”)

Noun : (figuratively) A piece of trickery or falsehood.


Noun : (linguistics) A form of error arising from mishearing a spoken or sung phrase.

Noun : (rare) A misunderstanding of a written or spoken phrase as a result of multiple definitions.


Noun : (communication) An outgoing telephone call.

Noun : An instance of being summoned to visit a certain place in order to provide assistance; an instance of summoning someone who is on call.

Noun : (US) A meeting or rally held in order to find interested participants, e.g. for an activity or sports team.


Noun : A potential problem or source of trouble.

Noun : (computing) A feature of a system or a program that works in the way it is documented but is counter-intuitive and almost invites mistake or non-function.

Noun : An instance of publicly tricking someone or exposing them to ridicule, especially by means of an elaborate deception.


Noun : A bluff; a false expression of the strength of one's position in order to intimidate.

fake news

Noun : News stories with false or misleading information, deliberately created to disinform.

Noun : Satirical news stories, intended to amuse.

blame game

Noun : (informal, idiomatic) A situation in which people attempt to blame others rather than trying to resolve a problem.

backhanded compliment

Noun : (idiomatic) An insult disguised as a compliment; a compliment which can be interpreted as an insult.


Noun : Language outside of conventional usage and in the informal register.

Noun : Language that is unique to a particular profession or subject; jargon.

Noun : The specialized language of a social group, sometimes used to conceal one's meaning from outsiders; cant.

bill of goods

Noun : (business) A collection of items purchased or offered for sale.

Noun : (idiomatic) A set of misleading or deceptive claims; misinformation.

head game

Noun : (informal) An attempt to psychologically manipulate or intimidate someone.

Noun : A mental pursuit or obsession.

Noun : Skill at fellatio.


Noun : the act of spreading needless fear; exaggerating purported threats in order to incite fear.


Noun : The act of detracting something, or something detracted; taking away; diminution.

Noun : A derogatory or malicious statement; a disparagement, misrepresentation or slander.

Noun : (Roman Catholicism) The act of revealing previously unknown faults of another person to a third person.

non sequitur

Noun : (narratology) Any abrupt and inexplicable transition or occurrence.

Noun : (logic) Any invalid argument in which the conclusion cannot be logically deduced from the premises.

Noun : A statement that does not logically follow a statement that came before it.


Noun : A derogatory hint or reference to a person or thing. An implication, intimation or insinuation.

Noun : (logic) A rhetorical device with an omitted, but obvious conclusion, made to increase the force of an argument.

Noun : (law) Part of a pleading in cases of libel and slander, pointing out what and who was meant by the libellous matter or description.


Noun : (uncountable) The visible vapor/vapour, gases, and fine particles given off by burning or smoldering material.

Noun : (colloquial, countable) A cigarette.

Noun : (colloquial, uncountable) Anything to smoke (e.g. cigarettes, marijuana, etc.)


Noun : Speech or writing that is unintelligible, incoherent or meaningless.

Noun : Needlessly obscure or overly technical language.

Noun : (uncountable) A language game, comparable to pig Latin, in which one inserts a nonsense syllable before the first vowel in each syllable of a word.

pathological liar

Noun : (psychology) A person who tells lies frequently and compulsively.


Noun : The quality of readily believing information, truthful or otherwise, usually to an absurd extent.


Noun : One of a class of teachers of rhetoric, philosophy, and politics in ancient Greece.

Noun : (figuratively) A teacher who uses plausible but fallacious reasoning.

Noun : (figuratively, by extension) One who is captious, fallacious, or deceptive in argument.

verbal assault

Noun : Often used other than figuratively or idiomatically: an assault that is verbal.

Noun : (US, law) Oral or written speech that creates, or is intended to create, a fear of physical harm.

conspiracy theorist

Noun : One who believes in, follows, or advances a conspiracy theory.


Noun : (countable, slang) A hoax, jest, or prank.

Noun : (countable, slang) A fraud or sham; (uncountable) hypocrisy.

Noun : (countable, slang) A cheat, fraudster, or hypocrite.


Noun : (rare, archaic) Truthfulness.

Noun : (US, colloquial) Superficial or asserted truthfulness, without recourse to evidence.

Noun : (programming) The property of being truthy, i.e. evaluating to true in a Boolean context.

pseudologia fantastica

Noun : (psychology) compulsive lying (telling of falsehoods)


Noun : The cognitive distortion of making statements of what should be true, as opposed to reality.


Noun : (rhetoric) Use of a word or phrase in a sense not in accord with its literal meaning, especially for ironic or humorous effect


Noun : A mistake as to the meaning of something or a specific point of view; erroneous interpretation or comprehension; misconception.

Noun : A disagreement; difference of opinion; dissension; quarrel.


Noun : A person who spreads panic among others, a fearmonger, a scaremonger.


Noun : The process or result of melodramatizing.


Noun : (derogatory, slang) A person who is psychotic or otherwise insane.

Noun : (derogatory, slang) A person who acts in a bizarre or dangerous manner.

Noun : (informal) A class, at a college or university, in which psychology is taught.

ad hominem

Noun : (informal) A personal attack.

Adjective : Of or relating to this kind of fallacious objection.

Verb : In an ad hominem manner.


Noun : Something which projects, protrudes, juts out, sticks out, or stands out.

Noun : The action of projecting or throwing or propelling something.

Noun : (archaic) The throwing of materials into a crucible, hence the transmutation of metals.

conspiracy theory

Noun : (originally law) Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see conspiracy, theory. A hypothesis alleging that the members of a coordinated group are, and/or were, secretly working together to commit illegal or wrongful actions including attempting to hide the existence of the group and its activities.

Noun : (dismissive, derogatory) Hypothetical speculation that is commonly considered untrue or outlandish.


Noun : The act or practice of duping; the condition of being deceived.


Noun : (uncountable, historical) The school of the sophists in antiquity; their beliefs and method of teaching philosophy and rhetoric.

Noun : (countable) A flawed argument, superficially correct in its reasoning, usually designed to deceive.

Noun : (countable) An intentional fallacy.


Noun : An act of bluffing; a false expression of the strength of one's position in order to intimidate; braggadocio.

Noun : (poker) An attempt to represent oneself as holding a stronger hand than one actually does.

Noun : (US, dated) The card game poker.


Noun : (US, colloquial) Someone who tells the truth.

Noun : (colloquial, chiefly US) Someone who believes that the US government was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

Noun : (by extension) A conspiracy theorist who does not believe the accepted story about some significant event, fact, etc.


Noun : (informal, derogatory) Condescending explanation of something by a woman, particularly to a man.


Noun : A false, contrived, or assumed purpose or reason; a pretense.

Verb : To employ a pretext, which involves using a false or contrived purpose for soliciting the gain of something else.


Noun : The act of suspecting something or someone, especially of something wrong.

Noun : The condition of being suspected.

Noun : Uncertainty, doubt.

smear campaign

Noun : (idiomatic) An effort to damage or call into question someone's reputation, by propounding negative propaganda.


Noun : Attempting to deflect guilt by moving attention to someone else.


Noun : One whose judgment and acts are affected by hallucinations; one who errs on account of his hallucinations.

Noun : One who experiences hallucinations.

frivolous litigation

Noun : the use of legal processes with apparent disregard for the merit of one's own arguments.


Noun : A phrase or message used as a headline or quote that distorts the facts in order to alarm the reader or listener.

Noun : Alternative form of scare line [A long rope, cable, or other line that is used to frighten fish into an area where they are more easily caught using other gear.]


Noun : Prevarication; dishonest bargaining, haggling.

double talk

Noun : Doublespeak.

Noun : Lies, especially in a formal political statement.

Noun : (comedy) Speech which combines English (or some other language) and native-sounding gibberish for humorous effect.


Noun : A person who operates a film projector, especially one who does so as an occupation at a movie theatre or drive-in theatre.

Noun : One who subscribes to the philosophy of projectionism.


Noun : (rhetoric) A change of subject to some irrelevant matter in order to distract the listener.


Noun : (Internet slang, informal) Online behavior that is deliberately provocative or disruptive.


Noun : The act of abandoning something or someone, of changing sides; desertion; betrayal.

Noun : The act of evading any clear course of action or speech, of being deliberately ambiguous; equivocation; fickleness.

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