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sect

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noun \ ˈsekt \

Definition of sect

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

Examples of sect in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology 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

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Definition of sect


SECT Defined for English Language Learners

sect

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Definition of sect for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

sect

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noun \ ˈsekt \

Definition of sect for Students

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


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