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 The attempts to re-use the anti-Soviet playbook have the flavor of a cargo cult. Steve Larkin, The Week, 22 Mar. 2022 So far, Neom is less a city than an urbanist cargo cult. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, 3 Mar. 2022

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First Known Use of cargo cult

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cargo cult was in 1949

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31 Mar 2022

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“Cargo cult.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cargo%20cult. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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