Definitions for cultkʌlt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cultkʌlt(n.)

  1. a particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies.

    Category: Religion

  2. a group that devotes itself to or venerates a person, ideal, fad, etc.

    Category: Religion

  3. a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist. the members of such a religion or sect.

    Category: Religion

  4. (adj.)of or pertaining to a cult.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. of, for, or attracting a group of devotees:

    a cult movie.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of cult:

1610–20; < L cultus habitation, tilling, refinement, worship =cul-, var. s. of colere to inhabit, till, worship +-tus suffix of v. action

cult′ist(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cult(noun)

    followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices

  2. fad, craze, furor, furore, cult, rage(noun)

    an interest followed with exaggerated zeal

    "he always follows the latest fads"; "it was all the rage that season"

  3. cult(noun)

    followers of an unorthodox, extremist, or false religion or sect who often live outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader

  4. cult(noun)

    a religion or sect that is generally considered to be unorthodox, extremist, or false

    "it was a satanic cult"

  5. cult, cultus, religious cult(noun)

    a system of religious beliefs and rituals

    "devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cult(noun)ʌlt

    a small group with strict, extreme, and dangerous beliefs

    ***a religious cult

  2. cultʌlt

    a belief or attitude popular with a group

    the cult of instant communications; a cult band/hero/group

Wiktionary

  1. cult(Noun)

    A group of people with a religious, philosophical or cultural identity sometimes viewed as a sect, often existing on the margins of society or exploitative towards its members.

  2. cult(Noun)

    Devotion to a saint.

  3. cult(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to a cult.

  4. cult(Adjective)

    Enjoyed by a small, loyal group.

    a cult horror movie

  5. Origin: From culte, from cultus, from colo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cult

    attentive care; homage; worship

  2. Cult

    a system of religious belief and worship

Freebase

  1. Cult

    The word cult in current popular usage is a pejorative term for a new religious movement or other group whose beliefs or practices are considered abnormal or bizarre by the larger society. Usage of the word has been controversial. One reason is that the word "cult" is considered a subjective term, used as an ad hominem attack against groups with simply differing doctrines or practices, and without a clear or consistent definition. The word originally denoted a system of ritual practices. The word was first used in the early 17th century denoting homage paid to a divinity and borrowed via the French culte from Latin cultus "worship", from the adjective cultus "inhabited, cultivated, worshipped", derived from the verb colere "care, cultivate." In the 1930s cults became the object of sociological study in the context of the study of religious behavior. They have been criticized by mainstream Christians for their unorthodox beliefs. In the 1970s the anticult movement arose, partly motivated by acts of violence and other crimes committed by members of some cults. Some of the claims of the anti-cult movement have been disputed by other scholars, leading to further controversies.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cult' in Nouns Frequency: #2936


Translations for cult

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

cult(noun)

a particular system of (religious) belief or worship

a strange new religious cult; Physical fitness has become a cult with him.

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