A cult is an organisation that has a set of beliefs in which the cult is viewed as being the one true organization, everyone else is wrong.

Usually they promote some kind of religious belief - usually made up by themself - but not always, some cults can be athiest, such as Amway.

Usually members have black-and-white thinking, and see their organization as being infaliable.

Members of a cult can be known as followers.

Followers will obay the cult leaders instructions and believe the propaganda without needing to verify it with much proof.

They are usually superstitious.

Cult members can be of average intelligence.

When people wonder about how a cult works, they usually focus on what the leader is doing. Usually the leader is just a charasmatic con-artist.

The real mechanics of how a cult works can be understood by focusing on the psychology of the follower.
The cult had over 1,000,000 members, each of whom, believed that the leader knew the secret of power, and by following him, and by buying all of his products, they too, would understand the secret.

Cult B had 1,000 members, and members believed they were with the right way because so many around them were following the crazy ideas, and the leader seemed so powerful.
by I am your leader!!!!1 January 15, 2010

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A religious/non religious group that follows a series of strict beliefs, may include worshiping a specific God/Deity or multiple Gods/Deities, or following strict specific ideals. May involve some form of brainwashing that their knowledge is correct and that everyone else is wrong, WILL have a hierarchy, and may be lead by one of a small group of Charismatic leaders, and typically will shun those who are ex-members.
It's the One True Religion! (I hear this from the Big Three Religions)

If you don't believe in God you are going to hell!

I've just been initiated into this super secret Order/Coven.

Yeah we are a cult, but we believe in peace and love, not fear and hate.

Not all of the above will apply to a cult, but at least one of the descriptions will. A Cult isn't necessarily Good or Evil, it depends on how the cult leaders use the power they have.
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Cult refers to a very specific organization that is groups together general peoples by a great force. Usually occurs in high school and may strike some perverted middle schoolers.
Some type of tradition must be set that creates a very conspiracy-like setting.
We had a powow at Nancy's house yesterday, I think we may be a Cult.
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A group, often religious, that imposes and/or forces its views and opinions on you. These groups can often be characterized by extreme acts of togetherness and suicidal events.
Young Life and Other Religion Associated Groups.

"Are you going to your cult meeting, Young Life *cough*?"
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any religion
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A social group that operates within the larger culture and practices different norms, behaviors, beliefs, heritage, attitude, actions, and live a different and separate lifestyle from the norm. Cults are usually involved in denying that they are a cult. Cults are groups who practice disinformation and usually have outsiders accusing the cult of both being a cult and conspiracies. The easiest way to spot a cult is if people are making conspiracy claims and calling the group a cult while the cult practices disinformation and denying the conspiracy claims.
Freemasonry and Scientology are two cults that practice secret rituals and covert harassment, attacks, and other criminal activity that they then use their cult members inside public offices to cover-up, misinform, and protect the cult.
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A cult is any religious group or any kind of group where people are brainwashed into thinking something stupid.
Christianity, Catholicism, Mormanism, and every other religious group in the world is a cult.
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A group of people that is committed to a mortal leader or small group of mortal leaders.
The supernatural fandom is a cult
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