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.(noun)
See cult in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L cultus, care, cultivation, orig. pp. of colere, to till: see wheel
See cult in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin cultus, worship, from past participle of colere, to cultivate; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.
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