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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 one is a strategic alliance between the Zionist regime of Israel with a cultish terror group that kills indiscriminatingly.
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.
Guinefort," where seven centuries' worth of cultish worship had gone on.
He belonged to a cultish Christian sect in his native Australia, but he arrived in Israel with the intention of making common cause - as he indeed later did - with a violent Jewish group whose members held their own messianic views about 'Eretz Israel' and cleansing it of Arabs.
Nifty and happy to get forward, you also sensed that Vignal had that kind of cultish, unhinged air about him, in the manner that seemingly only lefties possess.
The LRA, which stands for Lord's Resistance Army, is a cultish guerilla band that has terrorized northern Uganda, southern Sudan and more recently DR Congo since the late 1980s.
On the surface, this is a literary, cultish thriller about a particularly heinous crime that took place.
I]n prosperous Europe, we find a cultish perversion of religion in which the bombings and beheadings almost become the central tenets of practice.
A packed audience of notoriously cultish 'Macintosh faithful' whistled, hooted and cheered for the laptop which came with a price tag of $1,799.
What's great is FASTWURMS's ability to keep it DIY and cultish, while seemingly remaining ageless, romping around with their University of Guelph MFA students.
It gives the impression we belong to some dark, cultish organisation.