cult noun

1 worship of a person/thing

ADJ. personality the personality cult of the president

CULT + NOUN figure, hero He became a cult figure during the 1960s. | status The book achieved cult status as soon as it was published. | following The show has built up a cult following. | band, book, film

PREP. ~ of the cult of youth

2 religious group

ADJ. religious the members of a religious cult

CULT + NOUN leader, member | image, object, statue | practice