verb (used with object), deprogrammed or deprogramed, deprogramming or deprograming.
to free (a convert) from the influence of a religious cult, political indoctrination, etc., by intensive persuasion or reeducation.
to retrain, as for the purpose of eliminating or replacing a learned or acquired behavior pattern or habit that is undesirable or unsuitable.

1970–75, Americanism; de- + program

deprogrammer, deprogramer, noun Unabridged
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deprogramme or deprogram (diːˈprəʊɡræm)
to free (someone) from the effects of indoctrination, esp by a religious cult or political group
deprogram or deprogram

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"release from cult brainwashing," 1973, from de- + program (v.).
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deprogram de·pro·gram (dē-prō'grām', -grəm)
v. de·pro·grammed or de·pro·gramed, de·pro·gram·ming or de·pro·gram·ing, de·pro·grams or de·pro·grams
To counteract or try to counteract the effect of an indoctrination, especially a religious or cult indoctrination.

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