religious cult

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n religious cult a system of religious beliefs and rituals "devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin"
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Usage

In literature:

High Priest of religious cult.
"Thuvia, Maid of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Personality cults are supplanted only by fanatic ideologies, which are replaced only by religious zeal.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
Nobody could have told what relics those chapels contained, nor with what religious cult he honored them.
"Fruitfulness Fecondite" by Emile Zola
None the less her cult throve, and her power was soon shown both religiously and socially.
"The Religion of Numa" by Jesse Benedict Carter
One group of modern religious cults and movements, then, has found its opportunity just here.
"Modern Religious Cults and Movements" by Gaius Glenn Atkins
They found them in the religious traditions and cults of all nations.
"History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
During the past ten years there has been born every few days a new medical "ism," a new religious cult.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Dancing certainly began as a religious cult.
"Psychology and Social Sanity" by Hugo Münsterberg
His observation created an embryonic science of medicine, and his imagination an embryonic religious cult.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Later on routine, which sanctions everything, transferred these customs into religious cult.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The Religious Sentiment manifests itself in thought, in word and in act through the respective media of the Prayer, the Myth and the Cult.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
One was now operated by a religious cult.
"The Cartels Jungle" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
Cult divides into two unequal parts, the stimulation of the religious emotions and the control of piety.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
Can we forget that in almost all parts of the globe even religious life began with intoxication cults?
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 4, August 1908" by Various
But the very genius of Christianity necessitated absolute intolerance of other religious cults.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
He believed in the cultivation of reverence for one's art, as the religious devotee has reverence for his cult.
"Great Singers on the Art of Singing" by James Francis Cooke
Associations whose aim is to promote the cult of a common view of life shall be on a par with religious associations.
"The New Germany" by George Young
After the conquest there occurred fusions of religious cults.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Sun worship, according to the latest religious census, is no longer a popular cult.
"The Circus, and Other Essays and Fugitive Pieces" by Joyce Kilmer
Even to-day, religious cults have sacred vases in their Sancta Sanctorum.
"The Montessori Method" by Maria Montessori
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In news:

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Members of a Bolivian cult that reveres human skulls have held a rite to close out a Roman Catholic religious festival in honor of the dead.
In 1995, members of the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult shook Japan when they released sarin nerve gas into the Tokyo subway system, killing 13 people and injuring thousands.
We're worried about our daughter-in-law because she's gotten very involved in a religious group that sounds like it might be a cult.
Mexico religious cult refuses to allow teachers in, sets up high-profile confrontation.
South Korean immigrated to the US and became the wealthy leader of an unorthodox religious movement that was labeled a cult and featured mass marriage ceremonies.
The leader of a household that authorities described as a religious cult was convicted Tuesday along with two other people of starving a 1-year-old boy to death because he did not say " Amen " during a mealtime prayer.
Members of a Bolivian cult that reveres human skulls have held a rite to close out a Roman Catholic religious festival in honor of the dead.
From prophesies predicting the end of the world, to crazed leaders instructing their followers to commit cold-blooded murder, cults have long been a disturbing part of criminal and religious history.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Members of a Bolivian cult that reveres human skulls have held a rite to close out a Roman Catholic religious festival in honor of the dead.
LA PAZ, Bolivia – Members of a Bolivian cult that reveres human skulls have held a rite to close out a Roman Catholic religious festival in honor of the dead.
In his upcoming debut feature film, Lavender Rocks, Ohio University graduate student Bilal Sami uses a post-apocalyptic cult as a tool to explore religious extremism, family conflicts, and rituals at large.
Christina Aguilera has only one religious affiliation – the cult of the voice.
Anticipating another deluge of electronic vituperation, I begin this week's post with a disclaimer: I do not mean to seriously suggest that the bike industry is a religious cult, or anything like it.
Hundreds of thousands of those investment dollars were apparently used to fund a religious organization tied to a woman we profiled years ago when former followers accused her of running a cult.
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In science:

It should be made clear, here, that Sokal is not referring to cults or new religious movements, but to established religions : Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hindouism.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
This is a very Western-centric interpretation of religion. There exist major religious groups for whom following some set of laws is what matters; there are others that emphasize meditational practices or simply love. He is right that most religions devolve to cult-like or magical practice, but this is not universal.
Book review of SUPERSTITION by Robert Park
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