- The definition of a cult is a group of people with extreme dedication to a certain leader or set of beliefs that are often viewed as odd by others, or is an excessive and misplaced admiration for someone or something, or is something that is popular among a certain segment of society.
- People who follow a creepy pseudo-religious leader who makes them believe that their salvation lies in giving him money are an example of a cult.
- When a particular famous killer on death row has a strong following, this is an example of a cult following.
- The Rocky Horror Picture show is an example of a cult film.
- a system of religious worship or ritual
- a quasi-religious group, often living in a colony, with a charismatic leader who indoctrinates members with unorthodox or extremist views, practices, or beliefs
- devoted attachment to, or extravagant admiration for, a person, principle, or lifestyle, esp. when regarded as a fad: the cult of nudism
- the object of such attachment
- a group of followers; sect
Origin of cult; from Classical Latin cultus, care, cultivation, origin, originally past participle of colere, to till: see wheel
- 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.
- A system or community of religious worship and ritual.
- The formal means of expressing religious reverence; religious ceremony and ritual.
- 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.
- An exclusive group of persons sharing an esoteric, usually artistic or intellectual interest.
Origin of cultLatin cultus, worship, from past participle of colere, to cultivate; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- cul′tic, cult′ish
The term has a positive connotation for groups of art, music, writing, fiction, and fashion devotees, but a negative connotation for new religious, extreme political, questionable therapeutic, and pyramidal business groups.