Definitions for: Sect


[n] a subdivision of a larger religious group
[n] a dissenting clique



Webster (1913) Definition: Sect, n. [L. secare, sectum, to cut.]
A cutting; a scion. [Obs.] --Shak.


Sect, n. [F. secte, L. sects, fr. sequi to follew; often
confused with L. secare, sectum, to cut. See Sue to follow,
and cf. Sept, Suit, n.]
Those following a particular leader or authority, or attached
to a certain opinion; a company or set having a common belief
or allegiance distinct from others; in religion, the
believers in a particular creed, or upholders of a particular
practice; especially, in modern times, a party dissenting
from an established church; a denomination; in philosophy,
the disciples of a particular master; a school; in society
and the state, an order, rank, class, or party.

He beareth the sign of poverty, And in that sect our
Savior saved all mankind. --Piers
Plowman.

As of the sect of which that he was born, He kept his
lay, to which that he was sworn. --Chaucer.

The cursed sect of that detestable and false prophet
Mohammed. --Fabyan.

As concerning this sect [Christians], we know that
everywhere it is spoken against. --Acts xxviii.
22.

Synonyms: faction, religious order, religious sect

See Also: Amish sect, brethren, camp, clique, convent, coterie, faith, Hare Krishna, Haredi, High Anglican Church, High Church, ingroup, inner circle, International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON, Jainism, Kokka, Kokka Shinto, left, left wing, old guard, pack, pro-choice faction, pro-life faction, Quakers, religion, Religious Society of Friends, right, right wing, Saktism, Shakers, Shaktism, Shivaism, Shua, Shuha Shinto, sisterhood, Sivaism, Society of Friends, Society of Jesus, splinter group, Taoism, Vaishnavism, Vaisnavism

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