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subliminal

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Definition not recognized by the conscious mind, but still of influence
  • It is illegal to flash commercial subliminal messages on television.
subliminal = not recognized by the conscious mind, but still of influence
  • According to Snopes.com, subliminal advertising is completely ineffective.
  • subliminal = not recognized by the conscious mind, but still of influence
  • Back in the '50s, there was a fuss over a brainwashing technique known as subliminal communication. A movie theater found that if its films included tiny blips of commercials for popcorn and soda —moving past so quickly that the viewer did not consciously realize he was seeing them—popcorn and soda sales went up. These results were highly uncertain, though, and the technique was abandoned. Since 1957 it has been against FCC policy to permit subliminal techniques on television.
    Time, Inc., 1978  --  http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,919705,00.html#ixzz0wJUJtWQO (retrieved 08/11/10)
  • I should never have let John write the first chapter because he always has to twist things subliminally.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • subliminally = in a manner not recognized by the conscious mind, but still of influence
  • Eckels stood smelling of the air, and there was a thing to the air, a chemical taint so subtle, so slight, that only a faint cry of his subliminal senses warned him it was there.
    Ray Bradbury  --  A Sound of Thunder
  • subliminal = in a manner not recognized by the conscious mind, but still of influence
  • Man's subliminal urge to destroy what he could neither subdue nor deify.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • We are dogs, she and I, sniffing for clues, our throats quivering with subliminal growls.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Some of it was slipping through, flooding his brain with sinister subliminal images.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Drew was glaring at Diana Leven, subliminally begging to be dragged off the witness stand, Alex assumed.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • It had been seeping in, in its subliminal, unidentifiable way since they'd entered the place, all strings, reeds, muted brass.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • I lay there, having drowned in West, my body having drifted down to lie there in the comforting, subliminal ooze on the sea floor of History.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • It's nearly subliminal, dig?
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • It was like a lecture strip in a subliminal training projector at the Bene Gesserit school .... but faster .... blindingly faster.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Years passed and I became a part of the Randel family and subliminally tried to become a substitute for the lost Randy.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • An eerie static, insistent but near subliminal, that made me think of wintering souls, some form of dormant life approaching the threshold of perception.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Maybe the letter was a subliminal open line to my brothers.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • It was like a dream, like something in some subliminal fantasy, or a scene that had come straight from the imagination.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • It's not that smiles and nods are subliminal messages.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Acting with almost subliminal caution, he drove past the house without slowing and parked around the comer on a side street about a quarter of a mile away.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • In moments of great stress, every life form that exists gives out a tiny subliminal signal.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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