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cul·tus

 (kŭl′təs)
n. pl. cul·tus·es or cul·ti (-tī)
A cult, especially a religious one.

[Latin, veneration; see cult.]

cultus

(ˈkʌltəs)
n, pl -tuses or -ti (-taɪ)
(Theology) chiefly RC Church another word for cult1
[C17: from Latin: a toiling over something, refinement, cult]

cul•tus

(ˈkʌl təs)

n., pl. -tus•es, -ti (-tī).
a cult.
[1630–40; < Latin; see cult]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cultus - a system of religious beliefs and rituals; "devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin"
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
cargo cult - a religious cult that anticipates a time of joy, serenity, and justice when salvation comes
macumba - a Brazilian religious cult of African origin; combines voodoo elements with singing and chanting and dancing
obeah, obi - a religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorcery; practiced in parts of the West Indies and tropical Americas
Rastafarianism - a religious cult based on a belief that Ras Tafari (Haile Selassie) is the Messiah and that Africa (especially Ethiopia) is the Promised Land
hoodooism, vodoun, voodooism, voodoo - a religious cult practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries (especially Haiti); involves witchcraft and animistic deities