cult of personality

noun phrase

: a situation in which a public figure (such as a political leader) is deliberately presented to the people of a country as a great person who should be admired and loved

Examples of cult of personality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By Jon Herskovitz and Soo-Hyang Choi / Bloomberg May 8, 2024 12:35 AM EDT Kim Ki Nam, a propaganda mastermind who helped forge the cult of personality for the family dynasty that has ruled North Korea since its founding in the Cold War, has died at the age of 94. TIME, 8 May 2024 Through his cult of personality, Modi is fulfilling a century-old project, recasting India as a Hindu nation, in which minorities, particularly Muslims, live at the sufferance of the majority. Samanth Subramanian Vikas Adam Tanya Pérez Zachary Mouton, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2024 Now, André’s flirtations with jazz music are taking myself and others beyond his cult of personality and into a deeper appreciation for instrumentation. Ken Makin, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Apr. 2024 The tally, virtually unimaginable in any democratic nation, suggests that the Kremlin is now less focused on manufacturing a veneer of electoral legitimacy and more on creating a cult of personality around Putin as Russia’s undisputed national patriarch and leader for life. Catherine Belton, Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2024 At its core, the story of Vice is one of money, greed and the cult of personality. Lachlan Cartwright, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Feb. 2024 In keeping with this gargantuan cult of personality, Modi has attempted, largely successfully, to make governance and administration an instrument of his personal will rather than a collaborative effort in which many institutions and individuals work together. Ramachandra Guha, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Mao also expanded the militia system to suppress and intimidate people who opposed his radical policies, while developing a cult of personality within and outside the party. Laura He, CNN, 20 Feb. 2024 Modi, on the other hand, has centralized power in his office to an astonishing degree, undermined the independence of public institutions such as the judiciary and the media, built a cult of personality around himself, and pursued his party’s ideological goals with ruthless efficiency. Ramachandra Guha, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024

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“Cult of personality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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