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sect

1

[ sekt ]

noun

  1. a body of persons adhering to a particular religious faith; a religious denomination.
  2. a group regarded as heretical or as deviating from a generally accepted religious tradition.
  3. (in the sociology of religion) a Christian denomination characterized by insistence on strict qualifications for membership, as distinguished from the more inclusive groups called churches.
  4. any group, party, or faction united by a specific doctrine or under a doctrinal leader.


-sect

2
  1. a combining form with the meaning “cut,” used in the formation of compound words bisect, dissect, exsect .

sect.

3

abbreviation for

  1. section.

sect

1

/ sɛkt /

noun

  1. a subdivision of a larger religious group (esp the Christian Church as a whole) the members of which have to some extent diverged from the rest by developing deviating beliefs, practices, etc
  2. derogatory.
    1. a schismatic religious body characterized by an attitude of exclusivity in contrast to the more inclusive religious groups called denominations or Churches
    2. a religious group regarded as extreme or heretical
  3. a group of people with a common interest, doctrine, etc; faction


-sect

2

combining_form

  1. to cut or divide, esp into a specified number of parts

    trisect

sect

  1. A religious group, especially one that has separated from a larger group. Sect is often a term of disapproval.


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Other Words From

  • subsect noun
  • under·sect noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sect1

1300–50; Middle English secte < Latin secta something to follow, pathway, course of conduct, school of thought, probably noun derivative of sectārī to pursue, accompany, wait upon, frequentative of sequī to follow

Origin of sect2

From Latin sectus, past participle of secāre “to cut”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sect1

C14: from Latin secta faction, following, from the stem of sequī to follow

Origin of sect2

from Latin sectus cut, from secāre to cut; see saw 1

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Example Sentences

Fasting is also possible throughout the year by individuals, but this celebration is the common communal embracing of fasting across sects.

Yesterday, Twitter deleted tweets and videos of President Muhammadu Buhari making threats of punishment to a sect called IPOB in the South-Eastern part of the country after he blamed them for attacks on government buildings.

For a certain jet-setting sect, wide-open spaces with views, few Covid-19 cases, and the freedom to go maskless are all the rage.

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She specifically focused on the Satmar community, the sect Feldman was once part of.

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It also resembles those of a 1st-century sect leader in Palestine who was also popular with the poor.

On a 2,813-acre tract roughly 30 miles west, Washington found a Calvinist sect called the Seceders squatting on his land.

He was an Ahmadi, a minority Muslim sect that Pakistan has declared un-Islamic and against which it discriminates horribly.

Perl loved all kinds of music, including rock and roll, growing up in the Chabad community, a sect of Hasidic Judaism.

The Yazidis, members of an ancient religious sect, fled when the Islamic State overran their homes.

In this she differed from others of her sect, who strove to convey the idea of humility both outwardly and inwardly.

He was the chief of the seven sages of Greece, and founder of the Ionic sect of philosophers.

The reader may give three lines to both, if he pleases; see note to sect.

Certainly the most cultivated and aristocratic sect--the Sadducees--repudiated it altogether; while the Pharisees held to it.

At the close of the last century there existed a religious sect who were in favour of abandoning the use of clothing.

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