sectarian


1sec·tar·i·an

adjective \sek-ˈter-ē-ən\

: relating to religious or political sects and the differences between them

Full Definition of SECTARIAN

1
:  of, relating to, or characteristic of a sect or sectarian
2
:  limited in character or scope :  parochial
sec·tar·i·an·ism \-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

Examples of SECTARIAN

  1. The country was split along sectarian lines.
  2. <there are people on both the left and the right who have staked out unyielding sectarian positions in this debate>

First Known Use of SECTARIAN

1649

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra

2sectarian

noun

Definition of SECTARIAN

1
:  an adherent of a sect
2
:  a narrow or bigoted person

Examples of SECTARIAN

  1. <charged that the work of Congress has been stymied by sectarians who are indifferent to reason and intolerant of compromise>

First Known Use of SECTARIAN

1819

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra

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