cult

In the anthropological meaning, a cult is a set of practices and beliefs of a group, in relation to a local god. In sociology, it is a small group of religious activists, whose beliefs are typically syncretic, esoteric, and individualistic. Although it is related to the concept of a sect , the cult is not in Western society associated with mainstream Christianity . As a scientific term, it is often difficult to dissociate the idea of a cult from its commonsense pejorative significance, and it does not have a precise scientific meaning. Cultic practices appear to satisfy the needs of alienated sections of urban, middle-class youth. Cultic membership among young people is typically transitory, spasmodic, and irregular. Research suggests that young people often have multiple cult memberships. In Western societies, cults have proliferated in the post-war period, and are often associated with the counter-culture . See also new religions ; secularization.

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  • cult — cult; cult·ish; cult·ism; cult·ist; dif·fi·cult·ly; dif·fi·cult·ness; in·cult; oc·cult·er; oc·cult·ism; oc·cult·ist; oc·cult·ness; pro·let·cult; mass·cult; mid·cult; dif·fi·cult; oc·cult; oc·cult·ly; …   English syllables

  • cult — 1. In the meaning ‘a particular form or system of religious worship’, especially with reference to ritual and ceremony, cult dates from the 17c. In the 19c, archaeologists applied the term to primitive practices which they did not think worthy of …   Modern English usage

  • CULT — (homonymie) Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Cult peut faire référence à : Culte, en anglais, Cult, une commune française de la Haute Saône, Cult, un album du groupe Apolyptica, une… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cult — (k[u^]lt) n. [F. culte, L. cultus care, culture, fr. colere to cultivate. Cf. {Cultus}.] 1. Attentive care; homage; worship. [1913 Webster] Every one is convinced of the reality of a better self, and of the cult or homage which is due to it.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cult — Студийный альбом Apocalyptica …   Википедия

  • cult — s.m.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} oggetto o prodotto intellettuale che gode di uno speciale riconoscimento, spec. in campo artistico o culturale: il film è già un cult per le nuove generazioni; anche agg.inv.: un libro cult, un automobile cult… …   Dizionario italiano

  • Cult — bezeichnet: Cult (Album), ein Studioalbum der Band Apocalyptica Cult (Haute Saône), eine Gemeinde in Frankreich CULT bezeichnet: Ausschuss für Kultur und Bildung, ein Ausschuss des Europäischen Parlaments Siehe auch: The Cult, eine englische… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cult — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Cult puede referirse a: Cult, comuna francesa de Alto Saona. Cult, álbum de Apocalyptica. Obtenido de Cult Categoría: Wikipedia:Desambiguación …   Wikipedia Español

  • cult — /kult, kalt, ingl. kʌlt/ [vc. ingl., propr. «culto»] A s. m. inv. 1. accorc. di cult book 2. accorc. di cult movie B agg. inv. di culto …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • cult — (n.) 1610s, worship, also a particular form of worship, from Fr. culte (17c.), from L. cultus care, labor; cultivation, culture; worship, reverence, originally tended, cultivated, pp. of colere to till (see COLONY (Cf. colony)). Rare after 17c.;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • cult — [n1] group sharing belief band, body, church, clan, clique, creed, denomination, faction, faith, following, party, persuasion, religion, school, sect; concepts 369,387 cult [n2] worship; form of ceremony admiration, ceremony, craze, creed, cultus …   New thesaurus

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