sectarianism

[sek-tair-ee-uh-niz-uh m]

noun

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

Origin of sectarianism

First recorded in 1810–20; sectarian + -ism
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Word Origin and History for sectarianism
n.

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

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