deprogram

verb
de·​pro·​gram | \(ˌ)dē-ˈprō-ˌgram, -grəm\

Definition of deprogram 

transitive verb

: to dissuade or try to dissuade from strongly held convictions (such as religious beliefs) or a firmly established or innate behavior the necessity of countering propaganda and deprogramming the indoctrinated— Toni Cade Bambara

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Other Words from deprogram

deprogrammer \-​mər \ noun

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Ebro explained Monday morning that his main takeaways from the talk were Kanye's admiration for Donald Trump and his overall goal to deprogram people from their conventional train of thought. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Alex Jones Applauds Kanye West for Blasting the 'Thought Police,' Invites Him to Join InfoWars Show," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of deprogram

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deprogram was in 1973

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deprogram

transitive verb
de·​pro·​gram
variants: or chiefly British deprogramme \(ˌ)dē-​ˈprō-​ˌgram, -​grəm \
deprogrammed also deprogramed; deprogramming also deprograming

Medical Definition of deprogram 

: to dissuade or try to dissuade from strongly held convictions (as of a religious nature) or a firmly established or innate behavior pattern the necessity of countering propaganda and deprogramming the indoctrinated— Toni Cade Bambara

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