[sek-tair-ee-uh-niz-uh m]


sectarian spirit or tendencies; excessive devotion to a particular sect, especially in religion.

Origin of sectarianism

First recorded in 1810–20; sectarian + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for sectarianism

1670s, "disposition to petty sects in opposition to things established" [Johnson]; see sectarian + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper