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[ras-tuh-fair-ee-uh-niz-uh m, -fahr-, rah-stuh-] /ˌræs təˈfɛər i əˌnɪz əm, -ˈfɑr-, ˌrɑ stə-/
a religious cult, originally of Jamaica, that regards Africa as the Promised Land, to which all true believers will someday return, and the late Haile Selassie I, former emperor of Ethiopia, as the messiah.
Origin of Rastafarianism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Word Origin and History for Rastafarianism

1964, from Rastafarian + -ism. Rastafarism is attested from 1955.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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