sectarian

[ sek-tair-ee-uh n ]
/ sɛkˈtɛər i ən /

adjective

of or relating to sectaries or sects.
narrowly confined or devoted to a particular sect.
narrowly confined or limited in interest, purpose, scope, etc.

noun

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

Origin of sectarian

First recorded in 1640–50; sectary + -an
Related formssec·tar·i·an·ly, adverbun·sec·tar·i·an, adjective
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sectarian

/ (sɛkˈtɛərɪən) /

adjective

of, belonging or relating to, or characteristic of sects or sectaries
adhering to a particular sect, faction, or doctrine
narrow-minded, esp as a result of rigid adherence to a particular sect

noun

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 Formssectarianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for sectarian

sectarian


adj.

1640s, originally applied by Presbyterians to Independents, from Medieval Latin sectarius, from secta (see sect).

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