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adjective     chronic pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    medical a chronic illness or chronic pain is serious and lasts for a long time. A serious illness or pain that lasts only for a short time is described as acute

    chronic back pain

  2. 2
    a chronic problem is always happening or returning and is very difficult to solve

    a chronic shortage of food/money/resources

  3. 3
    [usually before noun] doing something again and again, especially something harmful that you are unable or unwilling to stop doing

    a chronic liar/smoker/workaholic

  4. 4
    British informal very bad

    The movie was pretty chronic, but we had a good laugh.

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     chronically pronunciation in American English
/ˈkrɑnɪkli/ adverb


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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