sub·​cult ˈsəb-ˌkəlt How to pronounce subcult (audio)
variants or sub-cult
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 subcultsPatricia McLaughlin

Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subcult was in 1895

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Cite this Entry

“Subcult.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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