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CULT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cult mean? 

CULT (noun)
  The noun CULT has 3 senses:

1. adherents of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices
2. an interest followed with exaggerated zeal
3. a system of religious beliefs and rituals

  Familiarity information: CULT used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CULT (noun)


Sense 1cult [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Adherents of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("cult" is a kind of...):

faith; organized religion; religion (an institution to express belief in a divine power)

Meronyms (members of "cult"):

cultist (a member of a cult)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cult"):

cargo cult ((Melanesia) one of several millenarian cults that believe salvation will come in the form of wealth ('cargo') brought by westerners; some ascribe divine attributes to westerners on first contact (especially to missionaries))

Wicca (a community of followers of the Wicca religion)


Sense 2cult [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An interest followed with exaggerated zeal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

craze; fad; furor; furore; cult; rage

Context examples:

he always follows the latest fads / it was all the rage that season

Hypernyms ("cult" is a kind of...):

fashion (the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior)


Sense 3cult [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A system of religious beliefs and rituals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

cultus; religious cult; cult

Context example:

devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin

Hypernyms ("cult" is a kind of...):

faith; religion; religious belief (a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cult"):

macumba (a Brazilian religious cult of African origin; combines voodoo elements with singing a chanting and dancing)

obeah; obi (a religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorcery; practiced in parts of the West Indies and tropical Americas)

Rastafarianism (belief in Ras Tafari (Haile Selassie) as the Messiah and that Africa (especially Ethiopia) is the promised land)

hoodooism; vodoun; voodoo; voodooism (a religious cult practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries (especially Haiti); involves witchcraft and animistic deities)


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