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
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.
by SparkofClearity March 03, 2014
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*?"
by Tyler Underriner November 08, 2006
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.
by Lucy OX July 19, 2005
A religious group, usually small, whose practices and beliefs are viewed by the majority as bizarre and abnormal. Cults hold an inordinate amount of control over their members, are usually led by a charismatic leader, and often have a strict set of rules which severely limits members and what they can do with their lives or how they are allowed to spend their time.
The members of the cult all live on a big compound out in the country, and they believe that they are the chosen ones and all who oppose their beliefs are doomed.
by DerpGirl October 09, 2011
another word for christianity
christianity is a cult
by lykkeli September 22, 2008
1) A religion that is centered around the worship of a single man, woman, child, or group there off! Almost all religions today are cults! Just because a 'religion' has a billion members doesn't change the fact that it's a cult!

2)A religion that locks you of from friends and family isolates you and attempts to take advantage of you! Could be financial, sexual, mental etc!
All religions are cults... Some are still worse than others though!
by mkr32208 May 18, 2006
a religious group which promotes worship of a human leader and devotion of one's life to a specific purpose.

Some have members practice certain rituals or follow a set of principle rules. The group usually believes its way is the only correct way to live life, and all non-members are doomed to some horrible fate if they cannot be persuaded to join.

Most christians and/or other religious beleif systems are offended by cults.
cult member: dude i just joined a cult!
Christain: what the fuck, why?
Cult member: because it seemed cool, and they'd kill me if i didn't join.
Christain:hmm, that kindof reminds me of a gang.
by adonel February 06, 2010

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