from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun One of a number of religious movements arising in Melanesia and New Guinea especially as a result of the influx of American military materiel during the 1940s, seeking to usher in an age of great material wealth by ritually imitating the behaviors of Americans or Europeans.
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- noun Any of several
unorthodox religious movementsamong the people of Melanesiabased upon Western manufactured goods.
- noun figuratively Any of several
philosophiesor pseudosciencesthat are not rooted in experiment
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- noun a religious cult that anticipates a time of joy, serenity, and justice when salvation comes
- noun (Melanesia) the followers of one of several millenarian cults that believe salvation will come in the form of wealth (`cargo') brought by westerners; some ascribe divine attributes to westerners on first contact (especially to missionaries)
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