Origin of cult
Examples from the Web for cultic
Ethical purification, as a matter of course, went hand in hand with cultic organization.
Apart from its use in initiation the cultic rôle of circumcision has been small.
It was at so early a period that it was brought into cultic connection with supernatural beings that its initial forms escape us.
The cultic history of the moon is similar to that of the sun, but in general far less important.
British Dictionary definitions for cultic (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for cultic (2 of 2)
- something regarded as fashionable or significant by a particular group
- (as modifier)a cult show
Word Origin for cult
Word Origin and History for cultic
1610s, "worship," also "a particular form of worship," from French culte (17c.), from Latin cultus "care, labor; cultivation, culture; worship, reverence," originally "tended, cultivated," past participle of colere "to till" (see colony). Rare after 17c.; revived mid-19c. with reference to ancient or primitive rituals. Meaning "devotion to a person or thing" is from 1829.
Cult. An organized group of people, religious or not, with whom you disagree. [Rawson]
Culture definitions for cultic
In anthropology, an organization for the conduct of ritual, magical, or other religious observances. Many so-called primitive tribes, for example, have ancestor cults, in which dead ancestors are considered divine and activities are organized to respect their memory and invoke their aid. A cult is also a religious group held together by a dominant, often charismatic individual, or by the worship of a divinity, an idol, or some other object. (See animism (see also animism), fetish, and totemism.)