[ sek-tair-ee-uhn ]
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  1. of or relating to sectaries or sects.

  2. narrowly confined or devoted to a particular sect.

  1. narrowly confined or limited in interest, purpose, scope, etc.

  1. a member of a sect.

  2. a bigoted or narrow-minded adherent of a sect.

Origin of sectarian

First recorded in 1640–50; sectary + -an

Other words from sectarian

  • sec·tar·i·an·ly, adverb
  • un·sec·tar·i·an, adjective

Words Nearby sectarian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sectarian in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sectarian


/ (sɛkˈtɛərɪən) /

  1. of, belonging or relating to, or characteristic of sects or sectaries

  2. adhering to a particular sect, faction, or doctrine

  1. narrow-minded, esp as a result of rigid adherence to a particular sect

  1. a member of a sect or faction, esp one who is bigoted in his adherence to its doctrines or in his intolerance towards other sects, etc

Derived forms of sectarian

  • sectarianism, noun

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