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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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Questions to answer in determining whether or not a religious cult or movement is destructive are as follows: (1) Does it bring physical or mortal harm to anyone?
LEADERS of a religious cult that believes human life was created by aliens yesterday said that the world's second cloned baby had been born.
Russia has refused entry to 16 members of the Tokyo-based AUM Shinrikyo religious cult this year, Federal Security Service (FSB) head Nikolay Patrushev said Tuesday, according to Interfax news agency.
Thomas's Ticket to Heaven, the story of an insecure young man brainwashed by a religious cult, then kidnapped and deprogrammed.
On 20 March 1995, members of the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult released sarin in the Tokyo subway, using umbrellas to puncture newspaper-wrapped bags of the gas as they left the trains.
In part because of this, many former AA members say the organization is nothing more than a religious cult and find the AA teaching that alcoholism is a lifelong, incurable disease is both disempowering and harmful.
A religious cult in Papua New Guinea is predicting the world will be plunged into 152 days of darkness beginning Saturday as the world enters 2000, the Independent weekly newspaper reported Thursday in Port Moresby.
More modern examples include the release of Sarin gas in a Tokyo subway in 1995 by the religious cult Aum Shinrikyo or the contamination of several salad bars In The Dalles, Oregon with Salmonella by a religious cult in 1984.
However, alleged attacks by the Aum Shinrikyo did not result in a single illness from a biological agent (2), and the successful 1984 contamination of salad bars in The Dalles, Oregon, by a religious cult involved a common salmonella strain that was not lethal or contagious and was susceptible to antibiotics (3).
It would all be finished once Jesus was executed, and his little religious cult would vanish from the earth.
Masquelier, examining the bori religious cult in southern Niger, explains that spirits' identities are given substance by clothes worn by the mediums.
In 1995, Aum Shinrikyo, a Japanese religious cult group became infamous when some of its members released deadly sarin nerve gas into the Tokyo subway system, killing 12 people and sending more than 5,000 others to hospitals.