[syn: cult, cultus, religious cult]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Cult \Cult\ (k[u^]lt) n. [F. culte, L. cultus care, culture, fr.
colere to cultivate. Cf. Cultus.]
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.
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.
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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and
2: an interest followed with exaggerated zeal; "he always
follows the latest fads"; "it was all the rage that season"
[syn: fad, craze, furor, furore, cult, rage]
3: followers of an unorthodox, extremist, or false religion or
sect who often live outside of conventional society under the
direction of a charismatic leader
4: a religion or sect that is generally considered to be
unorthodox, extremist, or false; "it was a satanic cult"
5: a system of religious beliefs and rituals; "devoted to the
cultus of the Blessed Virgin" [syn: cult, cultus,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
58 Moby Thesaurus words for "cult":
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