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a. A religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leader.
b. The followers of such a religion or sect.
2. A system or community of religious worship and ritual.
3. The formal means of expressing religious reverence; religious ceremony and ritual.
4. A usually nonscientific method or regimen claimed by its originator to have exclusive or exceptional power in curing a particular disease.
a. Obsessive, especially faddish, devotion to or veneration for a person, principle, or thing.
b. The object of such devotion.
6. An exclusive group of persons sharing an esoteric, usually artistic or intellectual interest.

[Latin cultus, worship, from past participle of colere, to cultivate; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]

cul′tic, cult′ish adj.
cult′ism n.
cult′ist n.
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Noun1.cultist - a member of a religious cult
cult - followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
2.cultist - a member of an unorthodox cult who generally lives outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader
cult - followers of an unorthodox, extremist, or false religion or sect who often live outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
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If you pursue the Epsilon side missions "Seeking the Truth" with Michael, it will lead you to a crazy cultist Marnie in an alleyway, scrawling these words of graffiti on walls:
The first was about chaos and patient power at a hospital where the priority had become efficiency rather than people; the second centred on the plight of a desperate mother who turns to quack cultist cures while home-caring for a terminally ill daughter.
Parents of followers expressed worries that their children were brainwashed into joining and Moon was accused of being a cultist.
The Tokyo High Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence on former senior AUM Shinrikyo cultist Seiichi Endo for killing 19 people and trying to kill others in the 1994-1995 sarin gas attacks by producing the nerve agent as a key architect of the cult's chemical weapons development program.
He's a cultist, and made this tremendous suicide gesture, which is not that far from the Heaven's Gate/Jonestown thing.
The mo ral cultist takes the leading role away from the modernizing European hero.
In ten years, Harvey might be Annie Lennox, a video nightclub singer with an occasional surprise in her; she might be a bar owner, a cultist, or dead.
Early this month, the Tokyo High Court upheld a ruling that found Shinichi Koshikawa, 39, guilty of strangling Kotaro Ochida as he entered an AUM facility in the village of Kamikuishiki, Yamanashi Prefecture, to try to rescue an ill female cultist on Jan.
If you look at Curb Your Enthusiasm, which has been on HBO and BBC Four over here,it is very similar humour and that is very successful in America,but in a cultist kind of way.
The defense counsel of a former senior AUM Shinrikyo cult member, charged with murdering a lawyer, his family and a fellow cultist in 1989, called for leniency Wednesday, saying the crime could not have been uncovered without the defendant's confession.
Lawyers for a former senior AUM Shinrikyo cultist sentenced to death for killing an anti-AUM lawyer, his wife and infant son, and other acts asked for a lighter sentence at an appeal court hearing Wednesday.
She landed her big-screen debut in 1975 - a minor part in Otto Preminger's Rosebud, and first attracted attention as a brainwashed cultist in Ticket to Heaven in 1981.