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 (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 \-tish\ adjective
cultishlyplay \-lē\ adverb
cultishnessplay \-nəs\ noun
cultismplay \ˈkəl-ˌti-zəm\ noun
cultistplay \ˈkəl-tist\ noun
cultlikeplay \-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
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."
Origin and Etymology of cult
French & Latin; French culte, from Latin cultus care, adoration, from colere to cultivate — more at wheel
First Known Use: 1613
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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