- Rastafarian ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to a religious movement of Jamaican origin holding that Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was the Messiah and that blacks are the chosen people.► NOUN ▪ a member of this movement.DERIVATIVES Rastafarianism noun.ORIGIN from Ras Tafari, the name by which Haile Selassie was known (1916 30).
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Rastafarianism — 1964, from RASTAFARIAN (Cf. Rastafarian) + ISM (Cf. ism). Rastafarism is attested from 1955 … Etymology dictionary
Rastafarianism — Rastafarians (colloquially ‘Rastas’) are followers of a cult which enjoyed popularity from about 1930 to 1960 in Jamaica and subsequently abroad, where its main influence became cultural. The movement has a male emphasis, aimed at least in… … Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture
Rastafarianism — noun Date: 1968 a religious movement among black Jamaicans that teaches the eventual redemption of blacks and their return to Africa, employs the ritualistic use of marijuana, forbids the cutting of hair, and venerates Haile Selassie as a god … New Collegiate Dictionary
Rastafarianism — /ras teuh fair ee euh niz euhm, fahr , rah steuh /, n. 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,… … Universalium
Rastafarianism — noun A religion that emerged in Jamaica in the 1930s out of biblical prophecy and rising black aspirations. Syn: Rasta, Rastafari See Also: Rastafarian … Wiktionary
Rastafarianism — Religious sect … Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors
Rastafarianism — n. Jamaican religion that aspires to freedom and equality of black people and believes that the Messiah is present … English contemporary dictionary
rastafarianism — ras·ta·fa·ri·an·ism … English syllables
Rastafarianism — See: Rastafarian … English dictionary
Rastafarianism — Ras•ta•far•i•an•ism [[t]ˌræs təˈfɛər i əˌnɪz əm, ˈfɑr , ˌrɑ stə [/t]] n. rel ant a religious sect, orig. of Jamaica, that regards the late Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia as the messiah and Africa as the Promised Land … From formal English to slang