cult

(noun) “A religious group that is small, secretive, and highly controlling of members and has a charismatic leader” (OpenStax College 2012).

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  • Plural: cults
  • A (noun) cultist is a member of cult and a practitioner of (adjectivecultic or (adjective) cultish beliefs.
  • Variant form: cultus
  • Also called: religious cult

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References

OpenStax College. 2012. World Religions. Connexions, May 18, 2012. (http://cnx.org/content/m42897/1.2/).