from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To counteract or try to counteract the effect of an indoctrination, especially a religious or cult indoctrination.

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  • v. To counteract the effects of previous programming or brainwashing, especially in an attempt to persuade a person to abandon his allegiance to a cult


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  • It's also true that bigots assume that sexual preference is strictly a conscious decision, and use that erroneous assumption as a bludgeon against gay people as "immoral by choice", and as an article of faith in their efforts (usually destructive) to "deprogram" gay kids.

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  • I just have to "deprogram" them after their Green-voting teacher sends them home.

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  • Saudi Arabia and Egypt have both pioneered programs to "deprogram" militants and allow them to rejoin society.

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  • I wonder if we will see someone try to 'deprogram' the followers of the Society.

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  • From saying Emeka Okafor needs to go from "getting an A in stretching to getting an A in basketball" to needing to "deprogram" Vladimir Radmanovic and offering that DeSagana Diop was in poor condition, Brown offered his players a long offseason to-do list.

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  • One of the things Rick Ross is most famous for is kidnapping Jason Scott to "deprogram" him from his Pentecostal faith.


  • LONDON - A British think-tank said Sunday that prison policies are failing to stop Muslim inmates being radicalized, and urged the government to set up a special centre to "deprogram" extremists.

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  • As other Red Cross volunteers are handling Hurricane Gustav, Alcorda is taking a break, taking time to "deprogram" between disasters. Local, Sports, Business and Entertainment News

  • Other things that Bobo tries to "deprogram" from his students 'minds:

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