Definition of cult
2 : a system of religious beliefs and ritual; also : its body of adherents the cult of Apollo
3 : a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious (see spurious 2); also : its body of adherents the voodoo cult a satanic cult
4 : a system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator health cults
5a : great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (such as a film or book) criticizing how the media promotes the cult of celebrity; especially : such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fadb : the object of such devotionc : a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion the singer's cult of fans The film has a cult following.
culticplay \ˈkəl-tik\ adjective
cultishplay \ˈkəl-tish\ adjective
cultishlyplay \ˈkəl-tish-lē\ adverb
cultishnessplay \ˈkəl-tish-nəs\ noun
cultismplay \ˈkəl-ˌti-zəm\ noun
cultistplay \ˈkəl-tist\ noun
cultlikeplay \ˈkəlt-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of cult in a Sentence
She has developed a cult following.
long after it had gone off the air, the TV series continued to have a huge cult
Recent Examples of cult from the Web
The cult beauty brand put together a smorgasbord of superhero designs for everything from mascara to eyeliner to nail polish.
All the while, Peter soaks up adoration from the boys like a charismatic cult leader and simultaneously feeds off their misery.
Participants dress in a standard uniform, creating the visual effect of a strict cult or a casual army: white shirt, white pants, red sash tied around the hips and red handkerchief at the throat.
Gardel’s cult remains powerful more than eight decades after his death in a 1935 air crash in Colombia at the age of 44.
A few months later, Bailey met with Marco Gobbetti, CEO of Celine, a label owned by luxury conglomerate LVMH whose sales have boomed on the back of its cult handbags.
Cult of Chucky also brings back Fiona Dourif as Nica from Curse of Chucky and Child's Play's Alex Vincent as Andy.
T2: Trainspotting R Danny Boyle directs a sequel to the brilliant cult classic as Mark comes back to Scotland and joins Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie.
Labyrinth, while not necessarily considered Muppets-caliber by many Henson fans, is a cult favorite that rarely gets its professional due.
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The overlap of cults and culture
Cult, which shares an origin with culture and cultivate, comes from the Latin cultus, a noun with meanings ranging from "tilling, cultivation" to "training or education" to "adoration." In English, cult has evolved a number of meanings following a fairly logical path. The earliest known uses of the word, recorded in the 17th century, broadly denoted "worship." From here cult came to refer to a specific branch of a religion or the rites and practices of that branch, as in "the cult of Dionysus." By the early 18th century, cult could refer to a non-religious admiration or devotion, such as to a person, idea, or fad ("the cult of success"). Finally, by the 19th century, the word came to be used of "a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious."
CULT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cult for English Language Learners
: 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
Medical Definition of cult
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