## Cult Definition: What is a cult?

Do you know the definition of a cult? In other words, what is a cult?

Sometimes it seems that question has as many answers as there are, well, cults.

Yet the term ‘cult’ has a precise definition — or rather, several precise definitions.

Which definition is the right one largely depends on the context in which the term ‘cult’ is applied.

A ‘cult wine’ is, after all, something different than a ‘religious cult.’  A rock band with a ‘cult following’ differs greatly from a ‘suicide cult.’   And a ‘cult following’ is not necessarily the same thing as ‘following a cult.’