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cult

 (kŭlt)
n.
1.
a. A religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leader.
b. The followers of such a religion or sect.
2. A system or community of religious worship and ritual.
3. The formal means of expressing religious reverence; religious ceremony and ritual.
4. A usually nonscientific method or regimen claimed by its originator to have exclusive or exceptional power in curing a particular disease.
5.
a. Obsessive, especially faddish, devotion to or veneration for a person, principle, or thing.
b. The object of such devotion.
6. An exclusive group of persons sharing an esoteric, usually artistic or intellectual interest.

[Latin cultus, worship, from past participle of colere, to cultivate; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]

cul′tic, cult′ish adj.
cult′ism n.
cult′ist n.

cult

(kʌlt)
n
1. (Theology) a specific system of religious worship, esp with reference to its rites and deity
2. (Theology) a sect devoted to such a system
3. (Sociology) a quasi-religious organization using devious psychological techniques to gain and control adherents
4. (Sociology) sociol a group having an exclusive ideology and ritual practices centred on sacred symbols, esp one characterized by lack of organizational structure
5. intense interest in and devotion to a person, idea, or activity: the cult of yoga.
6. the person, idea, etc, arousing such devotion
7.
a. something regarded as fashionable or significant by a particular group
b. (as modifier): a cult show.
8. (modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of a cult or cults: a cult figure.
[C17: from Latin cultus cultivation, refinement, from colere to till]
ˈcultism n
ˈcultist n

cult

(kʌlt)

n.
1. a particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies.
2. a group that devotes itself to or venerates a person, ideal, fad, etc.
3.
a. a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist.
b. the members of such a religion or sect.
adj.
4. of or pertaining to a cult.
5. of, for, or attracting a group of devotees: a cult movie.
[1610–20; < Latin cultus habitation, tilling, refinement, worship =cul-, variant s. of colere to inhabit, till, worship + -tus suffix of v. action]
cul′tic, adj.
cult′ish, adj.
cult′ism, n.
cult′ist, n.

cult

A religious organization or movement which deviates from the established religious tradition in the community.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cult - followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices
organized religion, religion, faith - an institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him"
macumba - (Brazil) followers of a religious cult of African origin
obeah, obi - (West Indies) followers of a religious system involving witchcraft and sorcery
Rastafarian - (Ethiopia) adherents of an African religion that regards Ras Tafari as divine
voodoo - (Haiti) followers of a religion that involves witchcraft and animistic deities
Rastafari, Rastas - (Jamaica) a Black youth subculture and religious movement that arose in the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica, in the 1950s; males grow hair in long dreadlocks and wear woolen caps; use marijuana and listen to reggae music
Wicca - a community of followers of the Wicca religion
cultist - a member of a religious cult
2.cult - an interest followed with exaggerated zealcult - an interest followed with exaggerated zeal; "he always follows the latest fads"; "it was all the rage that season"
fashion - the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior
3.cult - followers of an unorthodox, extremist, or false religion or sect who often live outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader
organized religion, religion, faith - an institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him"
cargo cult - (Melanesia) the followers of one of several millenarian cults that believe salvation will come in the form of wealth (`cargo') brought by westerners; some ascribe divine attributes to westerners on first contact (especially to missionaries)
cultist - a member of an unorthodox cult who generally lives outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader
4.cult - a religion or sect that is generally considered to be unorthodox, extremist, or false; "it was a satanic cult"
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"
5.cult - 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

cult

noun
1. sect, following, body, faction, party, school, church, faith, religion, denomination, clique The teenager may have been abducted by a religious cult.
2. craze, fashion, trend, fad The programme has become something of a cult among thirty-somethings.
3. obsession, worship, admiration, devotion, reverence, veneration, idolization The cult of personality surrounding pop stars leaves me cold.
Translations
شيعةنِظام ديني، عَقيدَه
kult
kult
kulttikultti-lahkolahkolais-uskonlahko
kultusz
dÿrkun; trúarregla; trúaratriîi
kultas
kults
kult
kult

cult

[kʌlt]
A. Nculto m (of a) to make a cult of sthrendir culto a algo
B. CPD cult figure Nídolo m

cult

[ˈkʌlt]
n
(= religious sect) → secte f
(= craze) → culte m
(= worship) the cult of sth [+ youth, secrecy, violence] → le culte de qch
personality cult, cult of personality → culte m de la personnalité
modif
(relating to a craze) cult film, cult movie → film-culte m, film m culte
cult hero → idole f
cult figure → personnage m culte
cult following
a book with a cult following → un livre-culte, un livre culte
a band with a cult following → un groupe-culte, un groupe culte
(relating to a religious cult) [member, leader] → d'une secte

cult

n (Rel, fig) → Kult m; to make a cult of something(einen) Kult mit etw treiben
attrKult-

cult

[kʌlt] n (Rel) (fig) → culto
to make a cult of sth → avere un culto per qc

cult

(kalt) noun
a particular system of (religious) belief or worship. a strange new religious cult; Physical fitness has become a cult with him.
References in classic literature ?
Behold, I am even now busied with trial of the powerfulest enchantment known to the princes of the oc- cult arts in the lands of the East; an it fail me, naught can avail.
To the Chinese such commonplace things as marriage, friendship, and home have an infinitely deeper meaning than can be attached to them by civilisation which practically lives abroad, in the hotels and restaurants and open houses of others, where there is no sanctity of the life within, no shrine set apart for the hidden family re-union, and the cult of the ancestral spirit.
The little it saw of her was in the Bois for a few hours every year, riding by the side of a man of unique distinction and of exclusive tastes, devoted to the cult of aesthetic impressions; a man of whom, as far as aspect, manner, and behaviour goes, she might have been the daughter.
It was a jumble of tavern and curiosity-shop; and though there was nothing there remotely suggesting the cult of the Monkey, it is, of course, possible that some of its images or talismans were in such a place.
with his momentary cult of the fresh air, he was delighted at her admirable simplicity.
Even the wise and mysterious therns of Barsoom, that ancient cult which for countless ages has been credited with holding the secret of life and death in their impregnable fastnesses upon the hither slopes of the Mountains of Otz, are as ignorant as we.
But that there might be no mistake I despatched a priest of your own holy cult to make the test that should pierce his disguise and reveal the truth.
There ought certainly to be some bound beyond which the cult of favorite authors should not be suffered to go.
His sunken eyes glittered and his wrinkled lips moved over toothless gums as he mumbled weird incantations to the demons of his cult.
It was the time when the Dutch and the Portuguese, rivalling each other in this branch of horticulture, had begun to worship that flower, and to make more of a cult of it than ever naturalists dared to make of the human race for fear of arousing the jealousy of God.
magnitude, rivalling that of the Shakespearean cult, and that which
People might not understand the poem, but they could not disregard it, the author became famous, almost popular, and a Browning cult arose, marked by the spread of Browning societies in both England and America.