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cult of personality

noun
1.
a cult promoting adulation of a living national leader or public figure, as one encouraged by Stalin to extend his power.
Origin
1965-1970
probably earlier than 1965-70; translation of Russian kulʾt líchnosti
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  • At the same time their software was taking off, so was the duo's cult of personality.
  • He said that he didn't want photographs of himself plastered about, lest there be a cult of personality.
  • The president's cult of personality has grown since the protests started.
  • He possessed both a common touch and a larger-than-life cult of personality.
  • There can never have been a writer less opposed to the cult of personality.

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