deprogram

verb

de·​pro·​gram (ˌ)dē-ˈprō-ˌgram How to pronounce deprogram (audio)
-grəm
deprogramed or deprogrammed; deprograming or deprogramming; deprograms

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 indoctrinatedToni Cade Bambara
deprogrammer noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Jeffery Robinson has spent the past decade attempting to deprogram his fellow Americans. Peter Debruge, Variety, 14 Jan. 2022 That was lesson number one for me: never let an opportunity to deprogram inbuilt fears that stunt your personal growth pass you by. Essence, 30 July 2021 There, T’Challa’s sister, science wiz Shuri (Letitia Wright), figures out how to deprogram Bucky’s brainwashed brain. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 19 Mar. 2021 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, 23 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deprogram was in 1973

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Cite this Entry

“Deprogram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deprogram. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

deprogram

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