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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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What happens is that, once Jeff meets Skye on the set of Cult, the two characters sort of start spiralling and descending down a rabbit hole that leads them on a very strange, twisty-turny journey as they try to find both Jeff's brother and Skye's father,'' he says.
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Perhaps this was part of their ritual, but he argues that death and the afterlife were as unknown and mysterious to mystery cult practitioners as it was in the state ritual, and he does not believe that the mystery cults were popular due to offering hope or comfort about the afterlife.
Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has signed into law, the bill prohibiting secret cults, terrorism and prescribing death sentence on anyone caught in the act.
Others in the cult choir include The Atlantic , Barack Obama , Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and The New Yorker who have all implied or outright said the group is a death cult.
From the outset, the film was a cult success in the United States, where it screened as a midnight movie.
The 16 essays explore how, during the ventennio, the cult of the Duce was present not only in the institutions of government but also in every facet of the life of Italians.
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Especially valuable is Plamper's placement of the Stalin cult in its wider historical context.