Definition of Moonie noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmuːni//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmuːni//
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an offensive word for a member of the Unification Church Word Origin1970s: from the name of its founder, Sun Myung Moon (born 1920), Korean industrialist and religious leader. Culture The Unification Church is a religious group started by the Korean businessman Sun Myung Moon. Many people are worried about the way in which Moonies are persuaded to leave their families to join the Church.

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