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 for sect

Synonyms: Noun

bloc, block, body, coalition, faction, party, set, side, wing

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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

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Two leaders of a fundamentalist Mormon sect who between them have 29 wives and 160 children were sentenced to house arrest on Tuesday after being convicted of polygamy. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "2 men with 29 wives and 160 children between them sentenced to house arrest following polygamy conviction," 28 June 2018 The church likes to present itself as monolithic, but in the religion’s brief lifetime, many sects have broken off. Sarah Scoles, Longreads, "Meet the New Mormons," 8 June 2018 The Zaydis who produced these manuscripts belong to a sect that forms about 35% of Yemen’s population. Christian C. Sahner, WSJ, "Yemen’s Threatened Cultural Heritage," 25 Dec. 2018 In addition to Soundtrack of America, there’s Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise, a futuristic kung-fu musical about a Chinese sect in Queens that has the power to prolong human life. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "Inside The Shed, Manhattan's New State-of-the-Art Cultural Venue," 12 Dec. 2018 Previous elections offered little in the way of surprise: 128 parliamentary seats were divided among the country's always-bickering 18 sects, with each group guaranteed a place based on sectarian quotas. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "Amid warnings about vote buying, Lebanon holds first parliamentary elections in nearly a decade," 4 May 2018 Non-sect members last year won control of the mayor’s office and town council in Hildale, Utah and nearly did the same in municipal elections in Colorado City. Brady Mccombs, The Seattle Times, "Polygamous group lets go of sprawling Arizona worship center," 10 Dec. 2018 Former sect members said the abuse dated back years, while Cibola County Undersheriff Michael Munk said the former members described leaders treating followers like slaves and physically beating children. Fox News, "Judge sentences leader of New Mexico religious sect," 28 Sep. 2018 The first killing in 1981 targeted a former sect member who challenged Yahweh Ben Yahweh’s teachings and left to form a splinter group with others. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Murderous Religious Cult Leader Dispatched 'Death Angels' to Punish Those Who Crossed Him," 22 June 2018

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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

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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