Cult

Definition of Cult

Pronunciation: kŭlt
n.1.Attentive care; homage; worship.
Every one is convinced of the reality of a better self, and of the cult or homage which is due to it.
- Shaftesbury.
2.A system of religious belief and worship.
That which was the religion of Moses is the ceremonial or cult of the religion of Christ.
- Coleridge.
3.A system of intense religious veneration of a particular person, idea, or object, especially one considered spurious or irrational by traditional religious bodies; as, the Moonie cult.
4.The group of individuals who adhere to a cult (senses 2 or 3).
5.A strong devotion or interest in a particular person, idea or thing without religious associations, or the people holding such an interest; as, the cult of James Dean; the cult of personality in totalitarian societies.

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Sabbatarianism, Weltanschauung, adoration, articles of religion, catechism, celebration, ceremonialism, church, co-worship, communion, connection, credenda, credo, creed, cultism, cultus, denomination, devotion, doctrinal statement, dulia, faith, formalism, formulated belief, gospel, homage, hyperdulia, ideology, idolatry, ism, latria, liturgics, liturgiology, liturgism, mystique, persuasion, political faith, political philosophy, prostration, religion, reverence, ritualism, rituality, ritualization, sabbatism, sacramentalism, sacramentarianism, school, sect, solemn observance, solemnization, symbolics, symbolism, system of belief, transcendent wonder, veneration, world view, worship, worshiping
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