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cult

noun uk   /kʌlt/ us  

cult noun (RELIGION)

[C] a religious group, often living together, whose beliefs are considered extreme or strange by many people: Their son ran away from home and joined a religious cult.Followers of religious groups [C] a particular system of religious belief: the Hindu cult of ShivaReligious beliefs and atheistic beliefs

cult noun (POPULARITY)

[S] someone or something that has become very popular with a particular group of people: the cult of celebrity Passionate or passing interests

cult

adjective [before noun] uk   /kʌlt/ us  
liked very much by a particular group of people: The singer had a cult following in the 1970s. a cult figure/movieLiked, or not liked, by many people
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