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  1. Plural of cult

Extensive Definition

Cult, in its original sense, refers to:
  • Cult (religious practice), the totality of external religious practice and observance, the neglect of which is the definition of impiety
Cult may also refer to:
  • Cult, a social group sometimes accused of mentally, physically, or sexually controlling its members.
  • Destructive cult, a group which exploits and destroys its members or even non-members
  • Suicide cult, a group which practices mass self-destruction, as occurred at Jonestown
  • Political cult, where a political party shows cult-like features
  • Cult of personality, a political leader and his following, voluntary or otherwise
  • Cargo cult, some religions in the South Pacific
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