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sect

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noun \ˈsekt\

Simple Definition of sect

  • : a religious group that is a smaller part of a larger group and whose members all share similar beliefs

  • : a religious or political group that is connected to a larger group but that has beliefs that differ greatly from those of the main group

Full Definition of sect

  1. 1a :  a dissenting or schismatic religious body; especially :  one regarded as extreme or hereticalb :  a religious denomination

  2. 2 archaic :  sex 1 <so is all her sect — Shakespeare>

  3. 3a :  a group adhering to a distinctive doctrine or to a leaderb :  partyc :  faction

Examples of sect

  1. <one sect of medical researchers holds the minority view that the disease is not caused by that virus>



Origin of sect

Middle English secte, from Anglo-French & Late Latin & Latin; Anglo-French, group, faction, from Late Latin secta organized ecclesiastical body, from Latin, course of action, way of life, probably from sectari to pursue, frequentative of sequi to follow — more at sue


First Known Use: 14th century

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SECT Defined for Kids

sect

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noun \ˈsekt\

Definition of sect

  1. :  a group within a religion which has a special set of teachings or a special way of doing things





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