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The Latin root cult means “grow.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including culture, cultivate and horticulture. The root cult is easily recalled via the word agriculture, for agriculture is the “growing” of plants via farming.

Cultivate "Cult" and Grow Your Vocabulary!

The Latin root cult means “grow.” Today we will cultivate knowledge of English vocabulary words that have “grown” from the root cult!

A culture is often characterized by the things which a group of people have “developed” or “grown” over time, such as laws, art, language, etc. Different cultures can cultivate themselves by carefully “growing” in different endeavors, such as music, architecture, ways of making war, or scholarship. Societies or people who are uncultured haven’t “grown” or developed very much at all. And then there are cultures that seemingly “grow” in a very short period of time, such as cyberculture, or those behaviors and habits that have “grown” from the use of computers and the Internet.

For instance, some cultural emphases might be on agriculture, or the “growing” of food by farmers. Those farmers might focus on horticulture, or the “growing” of plants in gardens. Or a farmer could focus on pisciculture, the “growing” of fish for consumption by humans. Then there are aviculturists who “grow” or raise birds, viticulturists who “grow” grapes specifically for making wine, and arboriculturists who specialize in “growing” trees.

Festivals often have multicultural activities which feature customs “grown” from many different cultures. And if you’re new to one of these many cultures? You would have to acculturate yourself, that is, “grow” towards the customs, habits, and behaviors of the people to whom you are new.

You need no longer consider yourself uncultured in English words that “grew” from cult, having now cultivated your knowledge of vocabulary “grown” from cult!

  1. culture: what a group of people has “grown” over time
  2. cultivate: to “grow” or develop
  3. uncultured: not having “grown”
  4. cyberculture: habits and behaviors which have “grown” around the use of computers and the Internet
  5. agriculture: the “growing” of food by farmers
  6. horticulture: the “growing” of garden plants
  7. pisciculture: the “growing” of fish
  8. aviculturist: a farmer who “grows” or raises birds
  9. viticulturist: a farmer who “grows” grapes for wine
  10. arboriculturist: a farmer who “grows” trees
  11. multicultural: of having “grown” from many different cultures
  12. acculturate: to “grow” towards a culture in which you are new


  • cultivate

    When a farmer cultivates a field or garden, they prepare its soil, plow its land, plant seeds, and carefully tend to growing crops.

  • culture

    A culture is the beliefs, practices, behavior, and art of a group of people at a time in history.

  • cult

    followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices

  • cultivated

    (of land or fields) prepared for raising crops by plowing or fertilizing

  • cultural

    of or relating to the arts and manners that a group favors

  • cultured

    marked by refinement in taste and manners

  • acculturate

    assimilate culturally

  • agriculture

    a large-scale farming enterprise

  • agriculturist

    someone concerned with the science or art or business of cultivating the soil

  • horticulture

    the cultivation of plants

  • horticulturist

    an expert in the science of cultivating plants (fruit or flowers or vegetables or ornamental plants)

  • subculture

    a social group within a national culture that has distinctive patterns of behavior and beliefs

  • uncultivated

    (of land or fields) not prepared for raising crops

  • uncultured

    (of persons) lacking art or knowledge

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