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A love-in is a peaceful public gathering focused on meditation, love, music, sex and/or use of psychedelic drugs. The term was coined by Los Angeles radio comedian Peter Bergman, who also hosted the first one on March 26, 1967 in Elysian Park It has been interpreted in different ways by different organizations, but is often connected to protesting local, social or environmental issues. Such protests were held in opposition to the Vietnam War.
More recently it has sometimes come to be defined as a form of sycophancy:
a situation where two or more people praise each other a lot, especially when the praise is more than they deserve
- "Rare Elysian Park Love-In Poster". Lofty Marketplace.
- Book of Life Archived 2017-01-03 at the Wayback Machine reference to early love-ins
- A Houston-area "Love In Archived 2011-03-12 at the Wayback Machine" -- a flash mob gathering to save Love Elementary School from being shut down, in March 2011.
- "Newsreel". History.sandiego.edu. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
- "Meaning of "love-in" in English". Cambridge English Dictionary: Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
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