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deprogram

[ dee-proh-gram ]
/ di藞pro蕣 gr忙m /
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verb (used with object), de路pro路grammed or de路pro路gramed, de路pro路gram路ming or de路pro路gram路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.
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Origin of deprogram

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

OTHER WORDS FROM deprogram

de路pro路gram路mer, de路pro路gram路er, noun
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Medical definitions for deprogram

deprogram
[ d膿-pr艒gr膬m鈥, -gr蓹m ]

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