Cult - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kĘŚlt|  American pronunciation of the word cult
Brit.  |kĘŚlt|  British pronunciation of the word cult

noun

- followers of an exclusive system of beliefs and practices
- an interest followed with exaggerated zeal (syn: craze, fad, furor, furore, rage)
- followers of an unorthodox, extremist, or false religion or sect who often live outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader
- a religion or sect that is generally considered to be unorthodox, extremist, or false

it was a satanic cult

- a system of religious beliefs and rituals(syn: cultus)

devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin

Examples

She has developed a cult following.

...long after it had gone off the air, the TV series continued to have a huge cult...

Diet, exercise ... It's all part of this cult of self-improvement.

O'Brien has a cult of devoted readers.

Their son ran away from home and joined a religious cult.

James Dean acquired the status of a cult hero.

devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin

...he came to see that the members of the cult were sheep who naively went along with whatever their leader dictated...

...a cult leader who attracted followers with his magnetic gaze...

...in the cult there were injunctions for and against everything, as nothing was a matter of personal choice...

...to its followers, the cult seemed like their passport to heaven...

...a list of the chief differentiae between a controlling cult and a legitimate religious sect...

...the cult attracts egocentric people who are preoccupied with reaching their potential as individuals...

...the cult leader took advantage of the malleable, compliant personalities of his followers...

...people always remarked on the cult leader's seductive personality...

Word forms

noun
singular: cult
plural: cults
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