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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]
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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
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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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118-119), including his contemplation that blood is indexed as an important cultic material (p.
There are 49 black and white illustrations, mostly sketch plans of sites with the temple or other cultic installation highlighted.
In this way, the hall was a real "vestibule" through which access to the cultic and training area was afforded to people from outside--individuals requesting the performance of an oracle or the services of a magician or scribal apprentice.
Marvin Sweeney offers not only a meticulous traditio-historical analysis (e.g., cultic terminology), he also opens the readers' eyes to the rhetorical strategies in Zephaniah (e.g., repetition).
The assumption that "cultic" means bad is wrongheaded, he said, explaining that many younger priests gravitate to a sacramental view of priesthood as a reaction to a priestly identity crisis.
This thesis is then supported in a section on the Qumran community whose chief point is how a group of Jews with such obvious cultic concerns could live apart from the Temple.
In particular, this study would have benefited from some analysis of P in comparison to other biblical cultic models, as surely P was also invested in showing how its system outstripped competing Israelite conceptions of deity and the ideal cult.
January 10, 2009 (PARIS) a" A statement purporting to come from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), the cultic guerrilla force that negotiated during two years with Kampala without siging the final peace deal, announced the immediate termination of its negotiating team.
One, the historical-critical, claims that the Bible objects only to the kinds of homosexual relationships it knew at that time (cultic, exploitative, commercial, or adult male with adolescent male).
No doubt historical anger at Edom's exploitation of Judah's weakness after the conquest by Babylon fuelled the developing hostility of the literature, while perhaps cultic recalling of the disaster gave rise to the symbolic identification of Edom with the nations hostile to Israel and to Yahweh who are destined to be judged and overthrown.
Innuendoes of cultic sacrifice and hysteria, of pageant and interracial symbolism, are whisked about with frenzy.