- 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.
Origin of deprogram
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Examples from the Web for deprogram
Established in 2004, its aim is to deprogram Chinese teenagers—mostly boys—who suffer from an “Internet addiction.”‘Web Junkie’ Is a Harrowing Documentary on China’s Internet Addiction Rehab Clinics
January 20, 2014
Word Origin and History for deprogram
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- To counteract or try to counteract the effect of an indoctrination, especially a religious or cult indoctrination.
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