noun, often attributive \ˈkəlt\

: 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

:  formal religious veneration :  worship
:  a system of religious beliefs and ritual; also :  its body of adherents
:  a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also :  its body of adherents
:  a system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator <health cults>
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 \ˈkəl-tik\ adjective
cult·ish \-tish\ adjective
cult·ish·ly \-lē\ adverb
cult·ish·ness \-nəs\ noun
cult·ism \ˈkəl-ˌti-zəm\ noun
cult·ist \ˈkəl-tist\ noun
cult·like \-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

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra
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