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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.
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.


(Theology) of or relating to a religious cult
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Treated are various aspects of cultic activities in the Eanna temple and its daily routine, the role of the goddess Istar and other deities, including minor ones, cultic paraphernalia, clothing ceremonies, jewelry of the deities, offerings, temple personnel, sacred meals, prebends and the functions of prebendaries.
What would be helpful at this point is further clarification on the role of cultic centralization in Judahite resistance, as Otto conceives it, to the Neo-Assyrian threat.
His asherah" is not the goddess but a cultic symbol, perhaps a stylized tree associated with Yahweh, through which his blessing is mediated to the people.
I must, however, say that there seems to be no simple chronological classification of the year-names, something that would be most useful for reading and observing historical developments, cultic activities, and changes in the phraseology used to formulate these events.
They cover cultic language, concepts, and practice; sociology, ethics, and rhetoric; and textual-historical, comparative, and intertextual approaches.
The first was the Judaistic crisis of the first century that put into question the cultic sign language of the new religion which had set aside Jewish cultic practices.
Contributors identified only by name further his structural approach in essays on such aspects of Sumerian literature as the parodia sacra, the royal correspondence of Ur reconsidered, whether Man and His God is a wisdom poem or a cultic lament, and how people learned to write cuneiform anyway.
Oral composition commonly involves creation of new poems, even to suit particular occasions, based upon stock phrases and accepted patterns, the presence of which points to the cultic origin of some types of psalms (Culley 1967: 6-7, 29, 112-13).
Given the participation of Jews within their environment and the daily contact with visual representations, he views the assumption that Second Temple Judaism (Judean and Diasporic) interpreted the second commandment as prohibiting all figurative art, even forms that had no cultic function, as highly problematic.
In some ways the most surprising of all, Paul even uses technical cultic language to describe his evangelistic activity.
118) Several examples are especially noteworthy: the anthropomorphic stucco and sculptures uncovered in the manor house at Hajlabad; (119) the Sasanian building at Kis, which was embellished with zoomorphic and human-shaped images, including royal busts; and the walls of the central tetrastyle hall at the recently excavated Sasanian complex at Bandian in northern Khorasan, which were covered with stucco reliefs depicting cultic and ritual compositions and scenes of hunt, banquet, and battle.