cult of personality


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cult of personality

the practice in totalitarian regimes in which the leader (e.g. Hitler, STALIN, MAO TSE-TUNG) is elevated to a position of total pre-eminence and presented as the source of all political wisdom, the architect of all worthwhile political and social outcomes, etc. In this process criticism of, and opposition to, the leader is suppressed, and popular political participation reduced to ritualistic celebrations of the life and achievements of the leader.