[ dee-proh-gram ]
/ diˈproʊ græm /

verb (used with object), de·pro·grammed or de·pro·gramed, de·pro·gram·ming or de·pro·gram·ing.

to free (a convert) from the influence of a religious cult, political indoctrination, etc., by intensive persuasion or reeducation.
to retrain, as for the purpose of eliminating or replacing a learned or acquired behavior pattern or habit that is undesirable or unsuitable.

Nearby words

  1. deprivation,
  2. deprivative,
  3. deprive,
  4. deprived,
  5. deprofessionalize,
  6. deprogramme,
  7. depside,
  8. dept,
  9. dept.,
  10. deptford

Origin of deprogram

An Americanism dating back to 1970–75; de- + program

Related formsde·pro·gram·mer, de·pro·gram·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for deprogram



"release from cult brainwashing," 1973, from de- + program (v.). Related: Deprogrammed; deprogramming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for deprogram


[ dē-prōgrăm′, -grəm ]


To counteract or try to counteract the effect of an indoctrination, especially a religious or cult indoctrination.

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