- a cult.
Origin of cultus1
From Latin, dating back to 1630–40; see origin at cult
Origin of cultus2
1850–55, Americanism; < Chinook Jargon kə́ltəs worthless, bad, < Lower Chinook kə́ltas in vain, only (but perhaps itself < Chinook Jargon)
Also called cultus cod.
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- mainly RC Church another word for cult (def. 1)
C17: from Latin: a toiling over something, refinement, cult
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