subcult

noun sub·cult \ ˈsəb-ˌkəlt \
variants: or sub-cult

Definition of subcult

plural subcults or sub-cults
: a cult that is part of a larger cult
  • an extremist subcult
  • One of the most powerful agents of the behavior cult is the subcult of work, which focuses on the amount of energy people expend.
  • —Thomas F. Gilbert
  • … a time when almost everybody in the country has more clothes than they can keep track of, and when fashion has splintered into a zillion subcults
  • —Patricia McLaughlin

First Known Use of subcult

1895

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