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sectarian

adjective sec·tar·i·an \ sek-ˈter-ē-ən \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of sectarian

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a sect or sectarian
2 : limited in character or scope : parochial

sectarianism

play \sek-ˈter-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

Examples of sectarian in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of sectarian from the Web

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First Known Use of sectarian

1649

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms


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sectarian

noun

Definition of sectarian

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

Examples of sectarian in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of sectarian from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sectarian.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of sectarian

1819

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms


SECTARIAN Defined for English Language Learners

sectarian

adjective

Definition of sectarian for English Language Learners

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



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