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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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As Pete Townsend once said, a great set list includes one third new songs for the label, one third hits for the casual fans and one third vintage cuts for the hardcore fans and The Cult clearly took note as the tribal rhythms of Horse Nation galloped in from their very early days as the Death Cult.
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The apparatus that stoked the fires of the cult of the Duce saw to it that his image was present in any positive national and local event that occurred in Italy.
Especially valuable is Plamper's placement of the Stalin cult in its wider historical context.
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