Definition of Scientology™ noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌsaɪənˈtɒlədʒi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsaɪənˈtɑːlədʒi//
[uncountable] Types of belief
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a religious system based on getting knowledge of yourself and spiritual fulfilment through courses of study and training See related entries: Types of belief Word Originfrom Latin scientia ‘knowledge’ + -logy. Culture Scientology was established in 1954 by the US writer of science fiction L Ron Hubbard. It is based on his book Dianetics (1950) and officially became the Church of Scientology in 1965. It believes in a 'life energy' and encourages its members to improve themselves in a spiritual way by a greater understanding of themselves. The organization has been criticized for the methods it uses to attract and keep members. They include several well-known actors, including Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
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