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cultnoun [C]

 us   /kʌlt/
a ​system of ​religiousbelief, esp. one not ​recognized as an ​establishedreligion, or the ​people who ​worshipaccording to such a ​system of ​belief: People ​considered him a ​brilliant cult ​leader and ​con man. A cult is also something that is very ​popular with some ​people, or a ​particular set of ​beliefs or ​behavior: a cult ​movie the cult of ​celebrity
(Definition of cult from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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uk   us   /kʌlt/

cult noun (RELIGION)

[C] a ​religiousgroup, often ​living together, whose ​beliefs are ​consideredextreme or ​strange by many ​people: Their ​sonran away from ​home and ​joined a religious cult. [C] a ​particularsystem of ​religiousbelief: the ​Hindu cult of Shiva

cult noun (POPULARITY)

[S] someone or something that has ​become very ​popular with a ​particulargroup of ​people: the cult of ​celebrity

cultadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /kʌlt/
liked very much by a ​particulargroup of ​people: The ​singer had a cult following in the 1970s. a cult figure/​movie
(Definition of cult from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cult”
in Spanish culto…
in Vietnamese giáo phái…
in Malaysian kultus…
in Thai ลัทธิความเชื่อ…
in French culte…
in German der Kult…
in Chinese (Simplified) 宗教, 邪教, 异教…
in Turkish moda, tutku, heves…
in Russian кумир, культ…
in Indonesian pemujaan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 宗教, 邪教, 異教…
in Polish kult…
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