sectarianism

[ sek-tair-ee-uh-niz-uh m ]
/ sɛkˈtɛər i əˌnɪz əm /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. secrétan's syndrome,
  2. secs.,
  3. sect,
  4. sect.,
  5. sectarian,
  6. sectarianize,
  7. sectary,
  8. sectile,
  9. section,
  10. section boss

Origin of sectarianism

First recorded in 1810–20; sectarian + -ism

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Word Origin and History for sectarianism

sectarianism

n.

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

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