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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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They further informed that some of the nefarious acts been perpetrated by these suspected cultists include robbing of students of their personal belongings such as mobile phones, money, foodstuffs and some other valuables.
Although Tumblety demonstrates that there were many connections between French physical cultists and French eugenicists, she insists that the powerful hold of Lamarckian evolutionary theory directed both groups toward positive solutions.
Thus, the pioneer secret cultists saw themselves as front-runners in the fight to liberate fellow students from the oppressive forces of some of their lecturers and government machinery (Akpan, 1997, Aluede, 1998 & Ngodo & Anuna 1996).
Soft drink laced with cyanide was ready for the cultists and their children to drink, while it was squirted into the babies' mouths.
Today's terrorism scare is a moral panic--just like the 1950s fear of "creeping communism;' the 1960s reaction against rock and roll, the 1970s belief that cultists were spiriting away our children, the 1980s anxiety that no child was safe in a daycare center, and the 1990s fear that violent video games were inaugurating a youth crime epidemic.
Based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a "Fractured Fairy Tales" version of Sir Lancelot's initiation into King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table, it's a godsend to Python cultists in the audience, who greet each comic routine with the ecstatic outburst of rock fans hearing the first notes of a beloved hit.
Personality cultists have also told me that Jesus (being the God-Man) is the perfect sum-total of all
For these zealous cultists, Kinsey's "sex science" tomes, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), have become the new holy writ.
But somehow, as the silly and the serious vied for supremacy 011 Broadway, the great mass audience drifted away, leaving this uniquely American art form to the tourists and the cultists.
The high court ruled he conspired with AUM founder Shoko Asahara and other senior cultists to carry out the guru's plan to kill Ochida, 29, and had a major role in the murder.
"One of the chief ways in which cultists seek to manufacture a sense of efficacy is by fantasizing that their Truths are rapidly being accepted by the society around them and will shortly dominate the culture."
Even worse for Republican critics of the FBI was the mishandled 51-day federal standoff with David Koresh and his Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas, which ended with 80 dead when the cultists burnt their own compound to the ground.