Generally refers to a non-religious organization whose recruitment-, training-, and retention practices are said to exhibit cultic characteristics (e.g. Amway.) Also used of "border cases" like Scientology - an organization that presents itself as a religion, but which others consider to be a business venture.
Do not confuse this term with Coporate Cults
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