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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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These rituals were said to be attended by the Lily White Boys sect, and the costume of these fire and moon-worshipping cultists are green flowing robes with a hood emblazoned with the Eye of Wotan - an encircled cross symbol of ancient Norse origin which supposedly endowed the wearer with supernatural powers.
Tumblety presents the position of physical cultists as doubly political.
A 5,125-year cycle known in the Mayan calendar as the Long Count comes to an end on Friday and has been widely interpreted by cultists, New Age disciples, and believers in the esoteric as heralding the destruction of the planet.
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After encountering a mysterious man with meta-acute speed, reflexes and strength, Kim realizes there's more to the "Literary Terrorists" case than just a bunch of crazy cultists.
The intrigue and action keep ratcheting higher as they encounter narco lords engaging in ritual killings, cultists dabbling in ancient blood sport, and the black market dealings of Lina's own patrician family in Mexico's Yucatan.
Whether it's the fundamentalist Christian belief that the world is no more than 6,000 years old, far-fetched notions of an extravagant afterlife held by cultists and religious zealots, or the common belief in space alien interventions, these illogical views are found in every corner of society.
It's amazing how respectfully south London squid cultists can be depicted.
A few joggers use the little earbuds to seal themselves off from the tourists and the beggars and the cultists selling knickknacks, but most of the people on the Mall lack that sonic bubble-wrap.
In Houellebecq's fictional world, thugs, cultists, jihadists, celebrating the end of the world they hasten to usher in, threaten the eradication of pleasure and the extermination of the species.
She laments the "help" of amateurs who told the public that the Hale-Bopp comet was being followed by an alien craft (actually a distant star), leading to the mass suicide of 49 Heaven's Gate cultists.
To cultists, the directors' most essential movie is 1998's The Big Lebowski, for which fans still yearly congregate to celebrate.