Cult

A cult, by 'Webster's II New Riverside Dictionary' is defined as 1) A system of religious worship. 2) Obsessive and faddish devotion to a principle or person. Cults seek converts, exercise control over their followers etc.

Cult

In the sociological classifications of religious movements, a cult is a religious or other social group with deviant and novel beliefs and practices. However, whether any particular group`s beliefs and practices are sufficiently deviant or novel enough is often unclear, and thus establishing a precise definition based on these criteria is problem....
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cult

(from the article `prophecy`) Of broad importance to the religious community is the cult prophet, or priest-prophet. Under the mandate of the cult, the priest-prophet (who may be ... Religious experience receives its initial, practical expression in the forming of the cult that provides an orderly framework for the worship of the ... ...
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cult

[n] - adherents of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices 2. [n] - a system of religious beliefs and rituals
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Cult

• (n .) A system of religious belief and worship. • (n .) Attentive care; homage; worship.
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cult

cultus noun a system of religious beliefs and rituals; `devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin`
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Cult

[religious practice] Cult is literally the `care` (Latin cultus) owed to God or gods and to temples, shrines, or churches. Cult is embodied in ritual and ceremony. Its present or former presence is made concrete in temples, shrines and churches, and cult images, including, but not limited to, cult images and votive deposits at votive sites....
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Cult

Cult (kŭlt) n . [ French culte , Latin cultus care, culture, from colere to cultivate. Confer Cultus .] 1. Attentive care; homage; worship. « Every one is convinced of the reality of a better self, and of the cult or homage which is due to it.
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Cult

A cult is a religion with no political power. Tom Wolfe
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Cult

A fragmentary religious grouping, to which individuals are loosely affiliated, but which lacks any permanent structure. Cults quite often form round an inspirational leader.
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Cult

a religious organisation that is substantially outside a society's cultural traditions
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cult

A system of beliefs and rituals based on dogma or religious teachings and characterised 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. ... Origin: L. Cultus, an honoring, adoration ... (05 Mar 2000) ...
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cult

cult, cultic, cultish, cultism 1. From Latin cultus 'cultivation, care, attention, worship', from cult-, stem of colere 'to till, cultivate, attend to'. 2. A religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leade...
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cult

cult, ritual observances involved in worship of, or communication with, the supernatural or its symbolic representations. A cult includes the totality of ideas, activities, and practices associated with a given divinity or social group. It includes not only ritual activities but also the beliefs and...
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cult

Type: Term Pronunciation: kŭlt Definitions: 1. 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. &...
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