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Cult cult

Pronunciation: 'k&lt
Function: noun
Usage: often attributive
Etymology: French & Latin; French culte, from Latin cultus care, adoration, from colere to cultivate
Date: 1617

formal religious veneration worship

  1. a system of religious beliefs and ritual; also : its body of adherents
  2. a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also : its body of adherents
  3. a system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator <health cults>
  4. a : great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (as a film or book); especially : such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad
    b : a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion

- cul�tic /'k&l-tik/ adjective
- cult�ish /-tish/ adjective
- cult�ish�ly /-lE/ adverb
- cult�ish�ness /-n&s/ noun
- cult�ism /'k&l-"ti-z&m/ noun
- cult�ist /'k&l-tist/ noun
- cult�like /-"lIk/ adjective

Synonyms
1, creed, faith, persuasion.
2, church, communion, connection, creed, denomination, faith, persuasion, sect.
 

from Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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Resources

Langone, Michael, Ph.D.: "On Using the Term "Cult"

 

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