What word can be used to describe the process of redefining words abusively, and the words so abusively defined or redefined.

For instance, suppose something quite natural normally occurring as a human condition was defined or redefined as a disease, in order to sell pharmaceutical "cures" that actually did havoc, and this was a marketing strategy of the pharmaceutical companies. People would rush to get the medication, finding themselves amidst problems they never imagined.

What English word can be used to describe this abusive redefining of words?



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The closest term for abusive redefining of words that comes to my mind is intentional misinterpretation.

Manipulation Games 9: Intentional Misinterpretation. In this manipulation game the manipulator purposefully mis-interprets the meaning of words, sentences, whole scenes or the motivation and intention...(soundsoulcounselling.com)

Deception = the act of causing someone to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid : the act of deceiving (Merriam-Webster).

Fabricating = to devise or invent, to fake (Dictionary.com)

Disinformation is false information spread deliberately to deceive (Wikipedia).

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