Origin of cult
Examples from the Web for cultish
Contemporary Examples of cultish
I returned the sneakers to their boxes, slightly less perplexed by their cultish appeal.Summer’s Ugliest Trend? Sneaker Wedges Should Be Banned!
May 30, 2012
Chatwin's books—he published a precious six in his brief career—no longer enjoy the cultish following that they once did.The Enigmatic Nomad
Kirk Davis Swinehart
February 26, 2011
But if Bublé has an underground, cultish following that are his most hard-core, devoted fans, it's moms.Bublé the Vampire Slayer
October 23, 2009
- something regarded as fashionable or significant by a particular group
- (as modifier)a cult show
Word Origin for cult
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]
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.)