A society (or group) ordered around unconditional devotion to (or fear of) its "godlike", often authoritarian, leader. Khrushchev coined the term in denouncing Stalin in 1956. (Stalin, being dead, was unable to have Nikita transferred to the Gulag for his remarks). Modern personality cults include Iraq, the Rush Limbaugh radio show, the 700 Club TV show. China and North Korea are in some sort of Cult Limbo, since Mao and Kim Il Sung are still dead.

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