sect

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noun

1
a
: 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
3
a
: a group adhering to a distinctive doctrine or to a leader
b
: party
c

sect

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abbreviation

Example Sentences

Noun one sect of medical researchers holds the minority view that the disease is not caused by that virus
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
QAnon adherents support the belief that Trump is secretly waging a battle against a sect of blood-drinking Satanists who have controlled world events for eons. David Klepper, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Nov. 2022 QAnon adherents support the belief that Trump is secretly waging a battle against a sect of blood-drinking Satanists who have controlled world events for eons. David Klepper, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2022 Months later, and in one of the buzziest moves to hit the HR sect, Chanel tapped Leena Nair, Unilever’s former CHRO, as CEO in December. Amber Burton, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2022 The area has long had ties to fundamentalist polygamous sects, most notably the splinter sect of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints controlled by Warren Jeffs. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, 8 Oct. 2022 While members of his administration oversee a raid on a Muslim sect that resists quarantine, the Major lingers in his palace to research Mingherian names for the child his wife is about to bear. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 30 Sep. 2022 The ancient historian Josephus described the group as a breakaway sect focused on communal living and support for each other, as well as controlling anger and using the mikvah for frequent ritual immersions. Gary Schiff, Sun Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2022 Members of Iraq's Shiite Muslim sect were oppressed when Saddam Hussein ruled the country, but the U.S.-led invasion reversed the political order. Fox News, 30 Aug. 2022 Segundo-Zerubbabel consulted the Karaites, a sect that followed the Torah only, and the Samaritans, who claimed descent from two of the Lost Tribes and used an older Torah text. Dominic Green, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of sect was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sect. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

sect

noun

ˈsekt
1
a
: a religious group having beliefs that differ greatly from those of the main body
b
: a religious body consisting of members having similar beliefs
2
a
: a group of people having the same beliefs or following the same leader
c

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