Definition of Mind game

1. Noun. Any game designed to exercise the intellect.

Generic synonyms: Game

2. Noun. Deliberate actions of calculated psychological manipulation intended to intimidate or confuse (usually for competitive advantage). "The jeweler's mind game is to convince lovers that the size of a gemstone reflects the depth of their feelings"
Generic synonyms: Manipulation, Use

Definition of Mind game

1. Noun. (games psychology) An attempt at psychological manipulation against someone, in order to confuse them. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mind Game

mind bleach
mind blindness
mind boggler
mind control
mind game (current term)
mind games
mind map
mind maps
mind one's own business
mind one's p's and q's
mind out
mind over matter
mind pain
mind reader
mind rhyme
mind rhymes
mind share
mind the gap
mind the store

Literary usage of Mind game

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1. Island Song Lyrics Volume 3 by Larry W. Jones (2004)
"... just pretend I make believe that you love me too It's a mind game, but still the same Peace of mind will be there when We just pretend Couldn't you just ..."

2. The Psychology of Nursing by Aileen Cleveland Higgins (1921)
"... XIII THINKING IN IMAGERY IMAGINATION is the mind's game of "Let's pretend. ' ' There are two ways of playing the game— by summoning the past back in ..."

3. Theory and Practice of Teaching by Edward Thring (1894)
"... quite as mechanical an instrument of mind for playing the mind game, as a bat is for playing cricket, and quite as independent of the powers of the ..."

4. No Escape: Male Rape in U.S. Prisons by Joanne Mariner (2001)
"As one prisoner put it: "Most of prison is a mind game. People get taken advantage of when they're green and don't know what to expect. ..."

5. Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow (2005)
"It's not just a mind-game. Doesn't loyalty mean anything to you?" Fede laughed nastily. "Loyalty! If you're doing all of this out of loyalty, ..."

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