- a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies.
- an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, especially as manifested by a body of admirers: the physical fitness cult.
- the object of such devotion.
- a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.
- Sociology. a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.
- a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader.
- the members of such a religion or sect.
- any system for treating human sickness that originated by a person usually claiming to have sole insight into the nature of disease, and that employs methods regarded as unorthodox or unscientific.
- of or relating to a cult.
- of, for, or attracting a small group of devotees: a cult movie.
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
- intended to appeal to a small group of fashionable people
- a specific system of religious worship, esp with reference to its rites and deity
- a sect devoted to such a system
- a quasi-religious organization using devious psychological techniques to gain and control adherents
- sociol a group having an exclusive ideology and ritual practices centred on sacred symbols, esp one characterized by lack of organizational structure
- intense interest in and devotion to a person, idea, or activitythe cult of yoga
- the person, idea, etc, arousing such devotion
- something regarded as fashionable or significant by a particular group
- (as modifier)a cult show
- (modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of a cult or cultsa cult figure
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.)