Definitions and Common Language

Words have meaning and definitions. We’ve chosen to outline some words we will use frequently on this site, so that if there is confusion in what we mean by a word, it can be referenced directly back to this common language.

Drama noun

3(a): literature: a composition (see composition sense 5a) in verse or prose intended to portray life or character or to tell a story usually involving conflicts and emotions through action and dialogue and typically designed for theatrical performance : play — compare closet drama

b : a movie or television production with characteristics (such as conflict) of a serious play broadly : a play, movie, or television production with a serious tone or subject a police drama

Disinformation noun

: false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth

 Misinformation noun

: incorrect or misleading information

 Infiltrate transitive verb

: to enter or become established in gradually or unobtrusively usually for subversive purposes the intelligence staff had been infiltrated by spies

 Cooperate intransitive verb

1: to act or work with another or others : act together or in compliance refused to cooperate with the police

2: to associate with another or others for mutual benefit nations cooperating to fight terrorism

Informer noun

2: one that informs against another

specifically : one who makes a practice especially for a financial reward of informing against others for violations of penal laws

entrap verb

2: to lure into a compromising statement or act

Manipulate transitive verb

2(b): to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one’s own advantage

3: to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one’s purpose

Gaslight transitive verb

: to psychologically manipulate (a person) usually over an extended period of time so that the victim questions the validity of their own thoughts, perception of reality, or memories and experiences confusion, loss of confidence and self-esteem, and doubts concerning their own emotional or mental stability : to subject (someone) to gaslighting

Snitch intransitive verb

: inform, tattle

 Psyops plural noun, often attributive

: military operations usually aimed at influencing the enemy’s state of mind through noncombative means (such as distribution of leaflets)