sect

noun
\ ˈsekt How to pronounce sect (audio) \

Definition of sect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a dissenting or schismatic religious body especially : one regarded as extreme or heretical
b : a religious denomination
2 archaic : sex sense 1 so is all her sect— William Shakespeare
3a : a group adhering to a distinctive doctrine or to a leader
b : party
c : faction

Definition of sect (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of sect in a Sentence

Noun one sect of medical researchers holds the minority view that the disease is not caused by that virus
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At least 145 of recent cases were tied to a Protestant sect called the Revival Ekklesia Mission, based in the Go Vap district of Ho Chi Minh City. Washington Post, 31 May 2021 The soldiers hail from the Planetary Defense Coalition, an army locked in global combat with a religiousy sect known as Free Life. Darren Franich, EW.com, 17 May 2021 If the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment means anything at all, the religious doctrines of any sect may not be imposed by force of law. Star Tribune, 2 May 2021 According to witnesses, severe overcrowding began around 1:00 a.m. at the compound of the Toldot Aharon Hasidic sect. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 Instead, Joe Biden was sworn in as president — a person who did not attempt to arouse the passions of one sect against the other during his campaign. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2021 But its sectarian breadth was startling in Iraq: From Shiite and Sunni Muslims to Christians, Yazidis and Zoroastrians and tiny, ancient and esoteric faiths like the Kakai, a sect among ethnic Kurds, Mandaeans, and Sabaean Mandaeans. Nicole Winfield And Qassim Abdul-zahra, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Mar. 2021 But its sectarian breadth was startling in Iraq: From Shiite and Sunni Muslims to Christians, Yazidis and Zoroastrians and tiny, ancient and esoteric faiths like the Kakai, a sect among ethnic Kurds, Mandaeans and Sabaean Mandaeans. Nicole Winfield And Qassim Abdul-zahra, chicagotribune.com, 6 Mar. 2021 And rather than heed the warnings — issued without ambiguity by voters last November — there remains a sect of the party that thinks Trump offers a prescription for the GOP’s comeback. Philip Elliott, Time, 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of sect

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sect

Noun

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

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“Sect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sect. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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sect

noun

English Language Learners 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

sect

noun
\ ˈsekt How to pronounce sect (audio) \

Kids Definition of sect

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

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