Origin of cult
Examples from the Web for cultish
I returned the sneakers to their boxes, slightly less perplexed by their cultish appeal.Summer’s Ugliest Trend? Sneaker Wedges Should Be Banned!|Isabel Wilkinson|May 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Chatwin's books—he published a precious six in his brief career—no longer enjoy the cultish following that they once did.
But if Bublé has an underground, cultish following that are his most hard-core, devoted fans, it's moms.
British Dictionary definitions for cultish (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for cultish (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 cultish
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 cultish
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.)