cult

\ \ [17] The Indo-European base *quel-,* quoldenoted primarily ‘move around, turn’ (it is the source of English cycle and wheel). By metaphorical extension it came to signify ‘be busy’, which later branched out in two semantic directions: ‘inhabiting a place’ and ‘making a wild place suitable for crops’. These are both channelled into Latin colere, which meant ‘inhabit’, ‘cultivate’, and also ‘worship’. The notion of ‘inhabiting’ is reflected in its descendant colony, but its past participial stem cult- has bequeathed us other aspects of its meaning. ‘Worship’ is represented by cult, acquired via French culte or directly from Latin cultus. ‘Developing the land’ appears in cultivate [17], from the medieval Latin derivative cultivāre, and by metaphorical extension in culture [15], from French culture, which originally meant ‘piece of tilled land’.
\ \ Cf.COLONY, CULTIVATE, CULTURE, CYCLE, WHEEL

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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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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