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Topic: RELIGION

Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: culte, from Latin cultus 'care, worship', from colere; CULTIVATE

cult

1 noun
     
cult1
1 [countable]RR an extreme religious group that is not part of an established religion
2 [countable] a fashionable belief, idea, or attitude that influences people's lives
cult of
Diet, exercise ... It's all part of this cult of self-improvement.
3 [singular] a group of people who are very interested in a particular thing:
O'Brien has a cult of devoted readers.
4 [uncountable and countable] formalRR a system of religious beliefs and practices
personality cultWORD FOCUS: religion WORD FOCUS: religion
faith one of the world's main religions, for example Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, or Christianity
church
a Christian religious group, for example the Catholic Church
sect
a religious group that is part of a larger religious group but has slightly different beliefs, for example a Buddhist sect
cult
an extreme religious group that is not part of an established religion
faith community
a group of people living in the same area, who have a particular religion
secular
not relating to religion or any religious group
religion

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