Definition of Jonestown from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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an agricultural community in Guyana established in 1977 for a US religious group called the People's Temple of the Disciples of Christ by its leader Jim Jones (1933-78). After US Congressman Leo Ryan and four people with him were murdered while visiting Jonestown in 1978, Jones ordered the members of his community to kill themselves with a drink that contained poison. All 913 died, including more than 240 children, and Jones shot himself.