verb (used with object), de·pro·grammed or de·pro·gramed, de·pro·gram·ming or de·pro·gram·ing.
  1. to free (a convert) from the influence of a religious cult, political indoctrination, etc., by intensive persuasion or reeducation.
  2. to retrain, as for the purpose of eliminating or replacing a learned or acquired behavior pattern or habit that is undesirable or unsuitable.

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. 2018

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Word Origin and History for deprogram

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

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[dē-prōgrăm′, -grəm]
  1. To counteract or try to counteract the effect of an indoctrination, especially a religious or cult indoctrination.
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