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cult

(kŭlt),
A system of beliefs and rituals based on dogma or religious teachings and characterized by devoted adherents who display a readiness to obey, an unrealistic idealization of the leader, an abandonment of personal ambition and goals, and an eschewing of traditional societal values.
[L. cultus, an honoring, adoration]

cult

a specific complex of beliefs, rites, and ceremonies associated with some particular person or object, which is maintained by a social group. A cult is often considered as having magical significance.
Alternative—fringe An unscientific system of treating disease
Psychiatry A religious, political, psychotherapeutic, or commercial organization or sect, based on dogma or religious teachings, often with bizarre or unorthodox practices, values, or beliefs that differ from mainstream or accepted thinking, which engenders conflict between the group and society, and uses unethical manipulative techniques of persuasion and control to advance the leader’s goal; cults may be linked to mass suicide and death

cult

(kŭlt) [L. cultus, care]
A group of people with an obsessive commitment to an ideal or principle or to an individual personifying that ideal.
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Popoola and Alao (2005) observed that an obvious explanation for the continuous existence of secret cult crises on campus is the deteriorating state of infrastructure, in most campuses hostel facilities are inadequate, libraries are poorly equipped, and laboratories are not functioning or non-existent.
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So the smart effective cult leader slowly raises the temperature and waits until his victims have adjusted.
She considers the group, formed during the Great Depression, to be an early cult with a beneficial mission: racial integration.
In the present paper Lindstrom focuses on the continuing fascination for these phenomena by discussing some selected narratives and evoking the success of the 'Cargo cult label's' genesis or 'genealogy'.
The cult was denied in speech precisely so that it could be better constructed under the cover of denial.
Any person who gives financial or material support or assistance to a secret cult or in any manner sponsor the activities of a secret cult commits an offence under this law and is liable or conviction to imprisonment for life' he said.
Beverly (Adina Porter) also told the leader that Winter attempted to convince her to leave the cult by buying her a train ticket out of town, which Kai saw as a betrayal.
The pieces help to reify a stubborn simplication of the group to be a cult