A group of people with a religious, philosophical or culturalidentity sometimes viewed as a sect, often existing on the margins of society or exploitative towards its members. (noun)
Of, or relating to a cult. (adjective)
Examples of word cult
To use the term cult too casually risks tarring the merely unconventional, for which America has long been a safe harbor.
For the first time ever, the term cult came to her mind.
That's the question former BB guestblogger Occult America, recently tackled in the Wall Street Journal: To use the term cult too casually risks tarring the merely unconventional, for which America has long been a safe harbor.
The term cult often suggests extreme beliefs and bizarre behavior.
Likewise, the term "cult" in current popular usage usually refers to a group whose beliefs or practices are considered abnormal or bizarre.
KING: It was in a conversation with reporters after that Dr. Jeffress used the term cult.
Sociologists started using the word cult with some regularity in the 1970s, to distinguish emerging groups like the
Academics largely abandoned the word cult in the 1980s.
According to, Miscavige, everyone who criticises the cult is a crook or, as he puts it in R&R, “We do not find critics of Scientology who do not have criminal backgrounds.”