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Definition 1: a system of religious beliefs and rituals - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where cult or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin

Synonyms for cult in the sense of this definition

(cult is a kind of ...) a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny

"he lost his faith but not his morality"

(... is a kind of cult ) a religious cult that anticipates a time of joy, serenity, and justice when salvation comes

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

(... is a kind of cult ) a religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorcery; practiced in parts of the West Indies and tropical Americas

(... is a kind of cult ) a religious cult based on a belief that Ras Tafari (Haile Selassie) is the Messiah and that Africa (especially Ethiopia) is the Promised Land

(... is a kind of cult ) a religious cult practiced chiefly in Caribbean countries (especially Haiti); involves witchcraft and animistic deities

Definition 2: an interest followed with exaggerated zeal - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where cult or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for cult in the sense of this definition

(cult is a kind of ...) the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior

Definition 3: a religion or sect that is generally considered to be unorthodox, extremist, or false - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where cult or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was a satanic cult

(cult is a kind of ...) a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny

"he lost his faith but not his morality"

Definition 4: followers of an exclusive system of beliefs and practices - [noun denoting group]

(cult is a kind of ...) an institution to express belief in a divine power

"he was raised in the Baptist religion" "a member of his own faith contradicted him"

(... is a kind of cult ) (Brazil) followers of a religious cult of African origin

(... is a kind of cult ) (West Indies) followers of a religious system involving witchcraft and sorcery

(... is a kind of cult ) (Ethiopia) adherents of an African religion that regards Ras Tafari as divine

(... is a kind of cult ) (Haiti) followers of a religion that involves witchcraft and animistic deities

(... is a kind of cult ) (Jamaica) a Black youth subculture and religious movement that arose in the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica, in the 1950s; males grow hair in long dreadlocks and wear woolen caps; use marijuana and listen to reggae music

(... is a kind of cult ) a community of followers of the Wicca religion

(cult is a member of ...) a member of a religious cult

Definition 5: followers of an unorthodox, extremist, or false religion or sect who often live outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader - [noun denoting group]

(cult is a kind of ...) an institution to express belief in a divine power

"he was raised in the Baptist religion" "a member of his own faith contradicted him"

(... is a kind of cult ) (Melanesia) the followers of 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)

(cult is a member of ...) a member of an unorthodox cult who generally lives outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader

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