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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]
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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The scope of this article is limited to religious cults and the students who are involved with them.
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(13) Especially in personal contexts Christians ought to consider the individual's thought process when choosing to use or not use the term "cult." When presenting the Gospel to one (or just a few) cult members, it would be wise for Christians to focus on one belief or behavior at a time rather than make sweeping generalizations about cults.
Paul the martyr; the cult of the apostle in the Latin west.
Though the Decree took effect with the empowered Tribunal trying offenders all over the country, enlistment into campus secret cults remained unabated as their activities continued nationwide.