cult·​ist | \ ˈkəl-tist How to pronounce cultist (audio) \
plural cultists

Definition of cultist

: a member of a cult: such as
a : a devotee or member of a religious cult In 1826 … Shakers were persecuted as cultists distinguished by their use of dance in worship, their celibacy and their belief in their founder, Mother Ann, as equal to Jesus.— Robert Minkoff
b : one who exhibits great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, etc. … at a time when the Kinks don't even have an American record deal, it's heartening for aging Kinks cultists that Ray Davies has found a domestic publisher for X-Ray: The Unauthorized Autobiography, a book that was published in England last year.— David Wild Although Pierce has seen reruns of the actress's films, he insists he is not a [Marilyn] Monroe cultist.— David Wallace If the paranoid cultists and survivalists are right, and the apocalypse is right around the corner, who do we want leading the nation through the pestilence, famine and plagues of locusts?— Sparkle Hayter

First Known Use of cultist

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Cultist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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