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cult

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noun \ˈkəlt\

Simple Definition of cult

  • : a small religious group that is not part of a larger and more accepted religion and that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous

  • : a situation in which people admire and care about something or someone very much or too much

  • : a small group of very devoted supporters or fans

Full Definition of cult

  1. 1 :  formal religious veneration :  worship

  2. 2 :  a system of religious beliefs and ritual; also :  its body of adherents

  3. 3 :  a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also :  its body of adherents

  4. 4 :  a system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator <health cults>

  5. 5 a :  great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (as a film or book); especially :  such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad b :  the object of such devotion c :  a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion

cul·tic play \ˈkəl-tik\ adjective
cult·ish play \-tish\ adjective
cult·ish·ly play \-lē\ adverb
cult·ish·ness play \-nəs\ noun
cult·ism play \ˈkəl-ˌti-zəm\ noun
cult·ist play \ˈkəl-tist\ noun
cult·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of cult

  1. She has developed a cult following.

  2. <long after it had gone off the air, the TV series continued to have a huge cult>



Origin of cult

French & Latin; French culte, from Latin cultus care, adoration, from colere to cultivate — more at wheel


First Known Use: 1617

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Medical Dictionary

cult

abbreviation

Medical Definition of cult

  1. culture






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