Aum Shinrikyo(redirected from Aum cult)
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Aum Shinrikyo(ˈəʊm ˌʃɪnrɪˈkjəʊ)
(Other Non-Christian Religions) a syncretistic Japanese cult combining elements of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity, founded by Shoko Asahara in 1986; responsible for a number of murders and in particular a nerve-gas attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995. Also called: Supreme Truth Cult
[C20: from Sanskrit aum om + Japanese shinri kyo supreme truth]
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|Noun||1.||Aum Shinrikyo - a terrorist organization whose goal is to take over Japan and then the world; based on a religion founded in 1987 that combines elements of Buddhism with Christianity; "in 1995 Aum members released deadly sarin gas on a Tokyo subway train"|
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear