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cargo cult

noun (sometimes initial capital letters)
  1. any of various native religious cults of a millenarian and messianic character located in the southwestern Pacific islands, holding that spirits will bring large cargoes of modern goods for distribution among its adherents.
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Origin of cargo cult

First recorded in 1945–50
Related formscargo cultist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cargo cult

cargo cult

noun
  1. a religious movement of the SW Pacific, characterized by expectation of the return of spirits in ships or aircraft carrying goods that will provide for the needs of the followers
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