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Synonyms for cult

Synonyms for cult

followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices

an interest followed with exaggerated zeal

Related Words

followers of an unorthodox, extremist, or false religion or sect who often live outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader

a religion or sect that is generally considered to be unorthodox, extremist, or false

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His work came to attention outside of his homeland largely because of its frequent inclusion on the cultish Ethiopiques compilation series.
The answer is well known: They are a cultish community, with little refinement or sophistication, whom one of their own, Hafez Assad, soon after he took power in a coup, turned into a militarized Praetorian guard, a ruling cast, that considered the state a "ghanima" (war trophy) whose material wealth and political power were theirs to keep and exploit.
Drew Pinsky told Playboy that Cruise was "drawn into a cultish kind of environment like Scientology,"
Split (in Sunderland) has a similar sort of ethos but this festival is different because it features bands that, for different reasons, are cultish.
As for his depiction of her cultish music and persona (narcissistic, banal, artificial, anarchic .
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Israel's self-proclaimed, but deceitful, image as a terror victim, which used to be a taken-for-granted fact by some in the West was blown when Obama administration officials leaked that the Zionist regime has fervently allied with a cultish US-terror listed group called the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization to assassinate Iranian scientists.
Once such a position is attained then all the second tier leaders, cognizant of the fact that they owe their power and position due to nearness to the cultish leader of the party are forced to further propagate and strengthen loyalty.
Cope's fragile mental state was much publicised at the time but his recovery as catalogued in his fantastic memoirs Head On and Repossessed saw him begin to forge a fascinating and cultish path.
The Old Man reminds us, too, of the ritualistic or cultish element to Siena's patterns; the microcosmic structure of his designs invokes an ethnographically wide range of imagery denoting belief systems and meditative models.
In "A Cultish Side Of Calvinism", author and Pastor Micah Coate cogently addresses a critically important issue within Calvinist theology and practice--the necessity of distinguishing the theology of Calvinism from the insidious seductions associated with the establishment of cults, particularly Christian cults, by departing from Scriptural imperatives and investing inappropriately in unreflective compliance with the dictates of mortal men.
The more we learn from ex-gay refugees about what goes on at these places, the more it starts to sound like they function essentially as gay meeting spots for the terminally closeted and guilt-ridden, a cultish all-male order that intersects at various junctures with the Catholic priesthood and the old YMCA (the Boy Scouts, anyone?
He believed that Jesus knew the Essenes but that he rejected their cultish separatism while Qumran theology had more influence on the epistles of Paul.
And even were that not the case, there's still the cost--nearly a trillion new dollars in government spending, and that's only according to the rosy estimates of the bill's cultish supporters.
But to say it's just cultish devotion dismisses the company and its achievements.
While Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) is certainly cultish, the characteristics of Run Lola Run (1998), The Ring (2002), and Sin City (2005) do not really scream 'cult.