cult


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cult
1. In the meaning ‘a particular form or system of religious worship’, especially with reference to ritual and ceremony, cult dates from the 17c. In the 19c, archaeologists applied the term to primitive practices which they did not think worthy of the name religion; hence cult acquired unfavourable connotations and is objected to by many whose activities are now described by it.
2. Cult has also developed extended meanings: (1) ‘a devotion or homage to a person or thing’, as in the cult of beauty and the Wordsworth cult, (2) in the 20c, ‘a popular fashion followed by a specific section of society’:

• The eastern cult for junk food may be having a remarkable effect on the health and appearance of Japan's youngsters —Times, 1986.

In a further extension, cult is commonly used attributively (before a noun) to denote something that has a special following, as in cult classic, cult drama, cult film, cult object, etc.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Cult — (k[u^]lt) n. [F. culte, L. cultus care, culture, fr. colere to cultivate. Cf. {Cultus}.] 1. Attentive care; homage; worship. [1913 Webster] Every one is convinced of the reality of a better self, and of the cult or homage which is due to it.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • cult — (n.) 1610s, worship, also a particular form of worship, from Fr. culte (17c.), from L. cultus care, labor; cultivation, culture; worship, reverence, originally tended, cultivated, pp. of colere to till (see COLONY (Cf. colony)). Rare after 17c.;… …   Etymology dictionary

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