Rastafarianism

noun
Ras·​ta·​far·​i·​an·​ism | \ ˌra-stə-ˈfer-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Rastafarianism (audio) , ˌrä-stə-ˈfär- \

Definition of Rastafarianism

: a religious movement among Black Jamaicans that teaches the eventual redemption of Black people and their return to Africa, employs the ritualistic use of marijuana, forbids the cutting of hair, and venerates Haile Selassie as a god

First Known Use of Rastafarianism

1938, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2021

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“Rastafarianism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Rastafarianism. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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