deprogram


deprogram

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.
v.

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

v.

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

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