personality cult


: 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 personality cult in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lack of serious crypto policy proposals from GOP presidential candidates is not surprising—after all, much of the party has come to resemble a personality cult devoted to little more than lib-baiting. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 26 July 2023 The personality cult that encircles Tommy feels more sinister than in the original production. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, 12 July 2023 Modi's critics claim he's changed India in toxic ways from cracking down on media dissent to fostering a political personality cult, from actively causing divisions in India's disparate communities to outright social media censorship. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 21 June 2023 Efforts to foster what some observers describe as a personality cult around Xi can be traced to his early days in power. Time, 16 June 2023

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“Personality cult.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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