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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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Majority of the students read newspapers to obtain information and as recreation, thus serving as a way of taking their mind off the negative activities such as cultism.
The misplaced priorities of cultism, prostitution and other criminal acts would be curtailed.
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Foning, who is also one of Cameroon's successful business women, is famed for her adulation of President Biya and his youthful wife, and glorifies them as the Father and Mother of the Nation--a practice popular and reminiscent of the cultism of the one-party days.
The period circa 250 AD to 800 AD, like ninety-five per cent of the stuff in the origin and expansion of the universe, was designated "dark" as in the "Dark Ages," inhabited by strange demons such as syncretism, cultism, occultist philosophy, and the untold ruins of unimpressive lives.
Even more informatively, he explodes the reverse error; namely, cultism, which would replace faith in God with faith in evil spirits, something the world would rather not even speak about, which makes it the more enticing to the young.
He suggested that such policies might actually be a sort of corporate cultism, where though such policies exist, they are not used.
He gave talks against cultism, chiropractors, and Christian Science.
We live in an age of beauty cultism, assailed on all sides by pictures of models with their imperfections airbrushed out.
As the mother, Sujata, relives her son's life, we are also given a taste of Devi's satire, as in the reference to the cultism that has vitiated religion and elitism.
But the greater understanding the public has of the phenomenon of psychic infection and cultism, the more apt it is to avoid such deadly and inhumane contacts.