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[kuhl-tuh s] /ˈkʌl təs/
noun, plural cultuses, culti
[kuhl-tahy] /ˈkʌl taɪ/ (Show IPA)
a cult.
Origin of cultus1
1630-40; < Latin; see cult


[kuhl-tuh s] /ˈkʌl təs/
noun, plural cultuses (especially collectively) cultus.
Also called cultus cod.
1850-55, Americanism; < Chinook Jargon kə́ltəs worthless, bad, < Lower Chinook kə́ltas in vain, only (but perhaps itself < Chinook Jargon) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In a word, I absolutely identify the "brandy and water scenes" with the Bacchic cultus and all that it implies.

    Hieroglyphics Arthur Machen
  • This spirit is the personification of the cultus, the power of meditation.

  • The cultus Indian was at Lillooet when this skookum tumtum (good thought) occurred to him.

    Skookum Chuck Fables Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
  • So you're one of the party I'm to look after on this cultus corrie?

    Told In The Hills Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Neither Smoke nor any man there glimpsed what lay in cultus George's brain, behind his attitude and prompting his attitude.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • With the cultus of the Bennu at Heliopolis is connected the story of the phœnix.

  • This must have become the dominant form of Hindu cultus in the first few centuries of our era and probably earlier.

  • With a great heave of the chest, cultus George got his first breath.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • Nor is the Phallic cultus in any respect a cultus of the full-grown and branching tree.

    Ophiolatreia Anonymous
  • "Me go," cultus George said very quickly, before the rope could tighten.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for cultus


noun (pl) -tuses, -ti (-taɪ)
(mainly RC Church) another word for cult (sense 1)
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: a toiling over something, refinement, cult
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