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cult

Pronunciation: kult

Definition: 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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