cargo cult

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cargo cult a religious cult that anticipates a time of joy, serenity, and justice when salvation comes
    • n cargo cult (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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Usage


In news:

The fetishization of bipartisanship in Washington has a cargo-cult quality to it.
A $6 million cargo cult .
A South Pacific 'cargo cult' petitions its deity for bags of rice and a Land Rover.
Cargo cult of the solstice at Hadrian's wall.
Burning Man's new Cargo Cult art theme intrigues.
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