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sectarian

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 3)

not broad or open in views or opinions
  • there are people on both the left and the right who have staked out unyielding sectarian positions in this debate

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sectarian

noun (1)

Synonyms & Antonyms of sectarian (Entry 2 of 3)

one who stubbornly or intolerantly adheres to his or her own opinions and prejudices
  • charged that the work of Congress has been stymied by sectarians who are indifferent to reason and intolerant of compromise

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sectarianism

noun (2)

Synonyms & Antonyms of sectarianism (Entry 3 of 3)

stubborn or intolerant adherence to one's opinions or prejudices
  • an ideological sectarianism that prevented the political party from ever being anything more than a fringe group

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“Sectarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sectarian. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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