- 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 and typically with a charismatic leader who indoctrinates members with beliefs regarded as unorthodox or extremist
- 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.