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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.


(ˈkʌltɪʃ) or


intended to appeal to a small group of fashionable people
ˈcultishly adv
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The only survivors inhabit the 'rattling ark' of the titular train, a perpetual-motion machine dreamt up by the cultishly worshipped visionary Wilford (Ed Harris).
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What began with Nasser in Egypt - or even Attaturk in Turkey - will end with Assad: the regime that represses local and ethnic difference in the name of a nationalism centred cultishly on the leader.
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The chief Continuum alliance, the New Pacific Order (NPO), is so cultishly devoted to its leader that one of its members actually commissioned a real NPO flag to be made, was later found to have treated that flag disrespectfully, and was ejected for life from the alliance by his fellows.
In this cultishly Mozartean city, the comparison with the contemporary Le nozze di Figaro (1786), although cruelly to Haydn's disadvantage, is unavoidable.
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Branden, who was named Blumenthal but who cultishly changed his name to an anagram of "Ben Rand," had a titanic split with the author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, a split that enrages the adepts and devotees to this day.
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