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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cultist - a member of a religious cult
cult - followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
2.cultist - a member of an unorthodox cult who generally lives outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader
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
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
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The Tokyo District Court on Monday sentenced a former senior member of the AUM Shinrikyo religious cult to eight years in prison for the 1989 murder of a 21-year-old cultist and mutilating the body of a follower who died during training in 1993.
Angry Umahi, also vowed never to appoint any stakeholder that is suspected to be a cultist or sponsor of cultism into his second term cabinet list stressing that no good favour comes from cultism.
The group includes the twin daughters of 39-year-old Hisako Ishii, a former AUM cultist serving a prison sentence for AUM-related crimes.
'In the course of the argument, he claimed to be a cultist and said that he had used the knife to kill a lot of people.
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