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[sek-tair-ee-uh-niz-uh m]
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  1. sectarian spirit or tendencies; excessive devotion to a particular sect, especially in religion.
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Origin of sectarianism

First recorded in 1810–20; sectarian + -ism
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Related Words for sectarianism

discrimination, bigotry, bias, segregation, apartheid, unfairness, racism, injustice, sexism, fanaticism, blasphemy, fallacy, partiality, racialism, sectarianism, illiberality, provincialism, dogmatism, dissent, infidelity

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Word Origin and History for sectarianism


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

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