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[kuhl-tuh s]
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noun, plural cul·tus·es, cul·ti [kuhl-tahy] /ˈkʌl taɪ/.
  1. a cult.
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Origin of cultus

From Latin, dating back to 1630–40; see origin at cult


[kuhl-tuh s]
noun, plural cul·tus·es, (especially collectively) cul·tus.
  1. lingcod.
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Origin of cultus

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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Related Words for cultus

religion, ritual, faith, tone, look, form, trend, pattern, thing, shape, mode, model, fad, ceremony, admiration, veneration, idolization, creed, liturgy, devotion

Examples from the Web for cultus

Historical Examples of cultus

  • In the cultus of Apollo, music formed a distinguishing feature.

    Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

    E.M. Berens

  • This spirit is the personification of the cultus, the power of meditation.

  • I suppose he had secured his outfit as a ‘cultus potlatch’ from persons he had met.

    Blazing The Way

    Emily Inez Denny

  • Nor is the Phallic cultus in any respect a cultus of the full-grown and branching tree.



  • So you're one of the party I'm to look after on this cultus corrie?

    Told In The Hills

    Marah Ellis Ryan

British Dictionary definitions for cultus


noun plural -tuses or -ti (-taɪ)
  1. mainly RC Church another word for cult (def. 1)
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Word Origin for cultus

C17: from Latin: a toiling over something, refinement, cult
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