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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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cultcult1 /kʌlt/ ●●○ noun πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 [countable]RR an extreme religious group that is not part of an established religion2 [countable]FASHIONABLE a fashionable belief, idea, or attitude that influences people’s livescult of πŸ”Š 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 πŸ”Š O'Brien has a cult of devoted readers.4 [countable, uncountable] formalRR a system of religious beliefs and practices β†’ personality cult
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cultβ€’ He is loved to the point of becoming a cult figure.β€’ A spokesman denied the group is a cult and said members could leave whenever they wanted.β€’ Many would say that a cult is considerably less than a minority.β€’ In the Hellenistic and Roman periods mystery religions and cults spread through the ancient world.β€’ In pagan cults there were two Kinds of sacrifices.β€’ Two members of a religious cult have been linked to the recent murders.β€’ Dozens of religious cults have appeared in the US, most making a fortune for their leaders.β€’ Yevtushenko was no longer the cult figure he had been when he came to Britain at the association's invitation in 1962.β€’ Members of the cult are not allowed to marry or own property without permission.β€’ Diet, therapy, exercise... It's all part of the cult of self-improvement.β€’ Carmelite churches are not infrequently associated with the cult of the Black Virgin.β€’ The cult of the dead at the tomb was a strictly religious function.
cultcult2 adjective [only before noun] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š β†’ cult film/band/figure etc
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cultβ€’ Frankie Knuckles is a cult figure in dance music.β€’ Alex Garland's cult novel 'The Beach' was later made into a film starring Leonardo di Caprio.
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