religious cult

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Noun1.religious cult - a system of religious beliefs and rituals; "devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin"
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
cargo cult - a religious cult that anticipates a time of joy, serenity, and justice when salvation comes
macumba - a Brazilian religious cult of African origin; combines voodoo elements with singing and chanting and dancing
obeah, obi - a religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorcery; practiced in parts of the West Indies and tropical Americas
Rastafarianism - a religious cult based on a belief that Ras Tafari (Haile Selassie) is the Messiah and that Africa (especially Ethiopia) is the Promised Land
hoodooism, vodoun, voodooism, voodoo - a religious cult practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries (especially Haiti); involves witchcraft and animistic deities
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The Remain worship of the EU is a religious cult, without rationality or equality.
Many policemen and soldiers, some holding top positions, are members of the religious cult.
1994: The bodies of 48 members of a religious cult are discovered by Swiss police after an apparent mass suicide.
Fixmer presents a fascinating inside look at daily life in a religious cult in this suspenseful coming-of-age story.
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Chinese court on Sunday found 25 members of a religious cult guilty of acting illegally in northwestern China.
In her book “They Made Me Do It,” she chronicles her youth as a girl growing up in a religious cult that suppressed her self-expression and even dictated what she could wear.
While McVeigh may have been "motivated by the role that the federal government played in the deaths of members of the Branch Davidian religious cult," McVeigh never, at any time, expressed any "Christian" motivation in his dastardly act.
Roache, 80, belongs to religious cult the Pure Love Movement which predicted the world would change unrecognisably from December last year.
A remote Canadian area is home to an extreme Jewish religious cult known as "Lev Tahor" ("Pure Heart") whose membership consists mostly of Israelis.
TOKYO, June 15 (KUNA) -- Japanese police on Friday arrested the last fugitive from the religious cult that launched the deadly sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995.
She has already been on a top-secret mission, but her next job will lead her to encounter the apparently superhuman founder of a religious cult.
In 1998, members of a Taiwanese religious cult traveled to Garland, Texas, to await the appearance of God on television and transportation to other dimensions by space craft.

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