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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?
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.
Many of the four to six thousand ex-offenders (great majority Black) who are returning to Wisconsin communities annually have experienced a certain level of success in gaining fundamental freedoms over the system while in prison through a conversation to some exotic or pagan religious cult.
Terpstra not only provides a solid analysis of the institutional foundations of these groups, he also gives a compelling account of how the political leaders of Bologna seized the patronage of the civil religious cult, created largely by the lay confraternities in the fifteenth century.
His first novel, The Origin of the Brunists (1966), the most conventional of his fiction, tells of the rise and eventual disintegration of a religious cult.
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.
Life's never simple is it and WULYF stands for World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation and while they may sound like a strange religious cult the only connection was they recorded this self-confessed 'heavy pop' in a disused church to give it give it a 'not of this earth' presence.
Beginning in 1981, thousands of members of a secretive and financially powerful religious cult led by the Indian guru Baghwan Shree Rajneesh began arriving in the tiny Oregon town of Antelope and the surrounding area--along with the guru himself and his fleet of luxury cars.
In this edition, the last in the series, Charlie will need all the mental arithmetic skills at his disposal to rescue Amita, who has been kidnapped by a religious cult.
Sixteen members of a religious cult - including a leading fugitive - were in custody last night on an Indian Ocean island after French commandos stormed their compound and rescued a boy they had allegedly kidnapped.
Mohammed and Ebtihal Hussein and their child were among those rounded up after Iraqi forces, backed by US troops, fought the "Soldiers of Heaven" religious cult.