cargo cult

noun

Definition of cargo cult

: any of various Melanesian religious groups characterized by the belief that material wealth (such as money or manufactured goods) can be obtained through ritual worship

Examples of cargo cult in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time, QAnon’s audience was still growing, and belonging meant becoming part of a kind of citizen media cargo cult, in which news stories on Breitbart or the Daily Caller were scrutinized for proof of the new pedophile world order. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "The Ascension of Marjorie Taylor Greene," 3 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of cargo cult

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Cargo cult.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cargo%20cult. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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