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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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But this neglects the newer trends in place since The Blair Witch Project (1999) which have perhaps simply shifted the context and in some cases the venue of cult film-watching: we share views about cultish films through the Internet and social networking, and cult audiences have grown in ways they have not before, as the bottom-up success of Paranormal Activity (2009) illustrates so clearly.
It gives the impression we belong to some dark, cultish organisation.
Meanwhile, the former bishop of Ontario, Peter Mason, has denied that he knew from former staff members about alleged cultish practices at Grenville.
They are also at the core of the shelf monkeys, an assortment of shop assistants, librarians, book reviewers and other social misfits described by their cultish leader Aubrey Fehr as bibliobibuli, "people who believe in the sanctity of the written word, and despise those who would abuse the privilege.
The example on many property owners' lips was the film 300, which was among many cultish projects promoted at last year's Comic-Con, and went on to become an unexpected box office hit when it opened in March, generating more than $120 million at the U.
The cultish world of architectural 'theory' is almost by definition indifferent to the vulgar concerns of mere outsiders, and nothing can better illustrate its eccentricity and obscurity than the curious, self-referential works of Peter Eisenman--so memorably described by James Stevens Curl's Dictionary as 'somewhat overloaded with references to tropes, trendy philosophers, and generalizations'.
The red telephone box, which is fast disappearing, the cultish Dr Who, nursery favourite Winnie the Pooh and roast beef and Yorkshire pudding are among the items considered to personify Englishness.
For a while it looked like the most talented female singer/songwriter/ musician since Joni Mitchell would remain a cultish Myspace artist with a small but obsessive fanbase.
Despite its imperfections drivers loved it and even had their own cultish thumbs-up sign of recognition for each other.
More likely, they'd just adopted TV's usual Pol Pot-style "Year Zero" approach to comedy: Old popular comics bad, anything cultish or vaguely tasteless good.
While comedy duo Matt Lucas and David Walliams--best known under the collective name Little Britain--are the hottest thing in British comedy these days, their American following is cultish at best.
Japanese pop culture has always commanded a cultish following--its anime/manga, video games, Pokemon, and Hello Kitty are enjoyed all over the world.