The term ‘cult-like’ means: resembling a cult.
It is used in both a positive or a negative sense.
Examples of ‘cult-like’ in a positive sense might be:
- Deadheads have a cult-like devotion to the Grateful Dead
- Some specialty wines attract a cult-like following
Examples of ‘cult-like’ in a negative sense might be:
- Abusive men usually demand cult-like obedience from their wives
- Some pastors have a cult-like control over their church members
In the media the term sometimes appears to be used suggestively. A reporter may not want to come right out and call a certain group a ‘cult,’ but instead describes it as ‘cult-like.’