[ras-tuh-fair-ee-uh-niz-uh m, -fahr-, rah-stuh-] /ˌræs təˈfɛər i əˌnɪz əm, -ˈfɑr-, ˌrɑ stə-/

a religious cult, originally of Jamaica, that regards Africa as the Promised Land, to which all true believers will someday return, and the late Haile Selassie I, former emperor of Ethiopia, as the messiah.

1964, from Rastafarian + -ism. Rastafarism is attested from 1955.


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