WotD: Gaslighting

Gaslighting or gas-lighting is a form of mental abuse in which information is twisted or spun, selectively omitted to favor the abuser, or false information is presented with the intent of making victims doubt their own memory, perception, and sanity. Instances may range simply from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred, up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim.

The term owes its origin to the 1938 play Gas Light and its film adaptations. The term has been used in clinical and research literature.

From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaslighting

WotD: Retromingent

[re-troh-min-juh nt]
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Word Origin
urinating backward because of bodily configuration:
The lion is a retromingent animal.
an animal that urinates backward.

From: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/retromingent

WotD: cri de coeur

cri de coeur

noun \ˌkrē-də-ˈkər\

Definition of cri de coeur

plural cris de coeur \same\
  1. :  a passionate outcry (as of appeal or protest)

From: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cri%20de%20coeur