• WordNet 3.6
    • n cult an interest followed with exaggerated zeal "he always follows the latest fads","it was all the rage that season"
    • n cult a system of religious beliefs and rituals "devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin"
    • n cult a religion or sect that is generally considered to be unorthodox, extremist, or false "it was a satanic cult"
    • n cult followers of an unorthodox, extremist, or false religion or sect who often live outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader
    • n cult followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cult 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.
    • Cult 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 .
    • Cult A system of religious belief and worship. "That which was the religion of Moses is the ceremonial or cult of the religion of Christ."
    • Cult 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."
    • Cult The group of individuals who adhere to a cult (senses 2 or 3).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cult Homage; worship; by extension, devoted attention to or veneration for a particular person or thing: as, the Shaksperian cult.
    • n cult A system of religious belief and worship; especially, the rites and ceremonies employed in worship. Also cultus.
    • n cult A subject of devoted attention or study; that in which one is earnestly or absorbingly interested.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cult kult a system of religious belief, worship
    • Cult Also Cult′us
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  • Robert Altman
    Robert Altman
    “What is a cult? It just means not enough people to make a minority.”
  • Thomas Wolfe
    “A cult is a religion with no political power.”
  • Nikita Khrushchev
    Nikita Khrushchev
    “Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all.”
  • Marguerite Yourcenar
    Marguerite Yourcenar
    “Men who care passionately for women attach themselves at least as much to the temple and to the accessories of the cult as to their goddess herself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. culte, L. cultus, care, culture, fr. colere, to cultivate. Cf. Cultus


In literature:

Brindaban is one of the most popular places of pilgrimage in India, being associated with the cult of Krishna as a shepherd.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
The time was not ripe for the cult of the open road; the zest for 'the wind on the heath' that our age shares so keenly.
"George Borrow and His Circle" by Clement King Shorter
I knew I was pretty, and that beauty of all sorts was a cult with him.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
But it was in the period after the death of Alexander the Great that their cult reached its height.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
You fellows practise but the outer cult.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
Men of intellect, educated in the cult of the beautiful, preserve a certain sense of order even in their worst depravities.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
The believers in a cult or code of ethics are auto hypnotized, their visions are narrowed.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
The cult of sport, of science, and of beauty has here become one and has found its true high priest.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
But to antiquity the 'pagan' cults were no mockery.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
I belong to the 'Voice of Nature Cult.
"Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders in the Great North Woods" by Jessie Graham Flower
The position of the chief woman in the cult is still somewhat obscure.
"The Witch-cult in Western Europe" by Margaret Alice Murray
The cult is supposed to have originated in East Bengal or Assam about the fifth century.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
During the next three centuries the cult was stifled to death, and the Christian religion substituted.
"The Book of Hallowe'en" by Ruth Edna Kelley
The Temples and the Cult 612 XXVII.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
Valor represents in this cult the spirit of the superior man.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
But this truth does not dispose of a true, though limited, contemporary cult.
"A Short History of England" by G. K. Chesterton
None of the authoritative and influential critics preached the cult of pure art.
"A Survey of Russian Literature, with Selections" by Isabel Florence Hapgood
This was considered a concession; for Patty, from the first, had held aloof from the cult of Cuthbert St. John.
"Just Patty" by Jean Webster
A very remarkable, and at present almost unknown, chapter of the Brahms cult is afforded by his four Ballads, opus 10.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
They are children raised by a secret cult on my own world, trained into strange practices.
"Valley of the Croen" by Lee Tarbell

In poetry:

Avow by no mere cult of names,
No pattering of creeds,
But by the sacrificial flames
Of lifelong thoughts and deeds.
"Dominions Of The Boundary" by Bernard O Dowd
Then be let his hair grow lank and long,
And an air intense he got,
And ever he strove to nurse in song
The cult of the "Dunnowhat."
"The Mystic" by C J Dennis
This life's old mood and cult of care
Falls smitten by an older truth,
And the gray world wins back to her
The rapture of her vanished youth.
"The Return of the Year" by Archibald Lampman
Myself when young did eagerly frequent
A Woman's Club and heard great Argument
Of crazy Cults and Creeds; but evermore
'Twas by much Gossip of the Fashions rent.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
E'en like a dawn whose flush outlives the day;
E'en like a star that lives beyond the night;
As maid's remembrance of her bridal-day;
Or as his cult to mystic acolyte-
So is the memory of these things to me
Here on the verge of death, eternity.
"Remembrance" by John William Streets

In news:

When Marini 's first opened in Houston back in 1971, empanadas were pretty exotic and the restaurant had a cult following.
A documentary filmmaker and his girlfriend infiltrate a secretive cult in hopes of exposing it.
FOX SEARCHLIGHT Maggie (Brit Marling , standing) leads the cult's cleansing night in "Sound of My Voice.".
"Sound of My Voice" and star Brit Marling tease cult mysteries.
STAR RATING (out of 4) Cult drama.
Marxist Cult Tries to Occupy Oakland Child Care Centers.
0 Joaquin Phoenix stars in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" as a troubled veteran who enters the inner circle of a cult-like group's guru.
"The Master" stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman as a cult leader in the early '50s and Joaquin Phoenix plays a mentally-ill man he tries to help.
'The Master' a masterful dissection of cult.
Cult activity is suspected after a woman's body was stolen from a southern New Jersey mausoleum .
Cult activity is suspected in the theft of a woman's body from a Pleasantville mausoleum .
A couple try to expose a cult leader (1:25).
When Tollan fell in 1200, the Toltecs moved southward to a new capital, Cholula, which became a kind of Rome or Mecca for the Quetzalcoatl cult.
Mexican Coke, now becoming more widely available in the US, is developing a cult following among consumers, The Grand Rapids Press reported.
Self-Delusion and the Cult of Militarism .

In science:

Certainly, such measurements of the state of ion lattice are very difficult.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
They are however not difficult to solve numerically.
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
Trott, personal communication ). I hope that geometrical approach will also help in this much more difficult problem.
Random triangle problem: geometrical approach
McGaugh 1994 is not photometric, making determination of UGC 12695’s H II luminosity difficult.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
However it is difficult to make contact with perturbative field theory because λ ∼ O(1).
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
Unfortunately, the magnitude of such depolarization is difficult to quantify and quite model dependent (see e.g.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
Also notable is the Nedoluha & Watson (1990) finding that it is very difficult to produce linear polarization in masers unless they are at least partial ly saturated.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
OH (1720 MHz) measurements of Bθ lead to constraints on the physics of these molecular shocks that are difficult to obtain any other way.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
As we show in Sec. 6, schematic random matrix models for QCD at nonzero temperature and density can yield important qualitative insights into problems that are otherwise difficult to tackle.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Lattice investigations of these questions are very difficult because at finite volume there are no sharp phase transitions.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Also, incompatibilities of the underlying formalisms render comparisons between different systems often difficult.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
It is a highly desirable but currently difficult goal of future redshift surveys to cover both larger areas and a more complete redshift range.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
In practice, the last condition is difficult to satisfy.
Physics of Grain Alignment
It is not difficult to obtain their effect on the component fields.
Two dimensional fractional supersymmetric conformal field theories and the two point functions
These seemingly distinct and easily tested observational predictions have in practice been difficult to resolve at relatively low redshift.
EROs in the EIS Fields. I: The AXAF (Chandra) Deep Field