Definition of sect
- so is all her sect
- —William Shakespeare
one sect of medical researchers holds the minority view that the disease is not caused by that virus
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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having a quality expressive of sadness
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