- a member of a particular sect, especially an adherent of a religious body regarded as heretical or schismatic.
- a Protestant of nonconformist denomination, especially a minor one.
- a person zealously devoted to a particular sect.
Origin of sectary
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Examples from the Web for sectary
In form, he was certainly an Episcopalian, though not a sectary of that denomination.The Pioneers
James Fenimore Cooper
He appears on the stage as a sectary, and plays his part with resolute energy.From the Easy Chair, vol. 1
George William Curtis
Such is the contrast between the sectary and the philosopher.How to Observe
When he dons the garb of the sectary, he naturally becomes weakened, and loses his chief charm.John Greenleaf Whittier
W. Sloane Kennedy
Thus it will be seen that Wanless, though in his way a profoundly religious man, was in no sense a sectary.The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant
Alexander Johnstone Wilson
- a member of a sect, esp a person who belongs to a religious sect that is regarded as heretical or schismatic
- a person excessively devoted to a particular sect
- a member of a Nonconformist denomination, esp one that is small
C16: from Medieval Latin sectārius, from Latin secta sect
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Word Origin and History for sectary
"member or adherent of a sect," 1550s, from French sectaire or directly from Medieval Latin sectarius, from secta (see sect).
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