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sect

 (sĕkt)
n.
1. A group of people forming a distinct unit within a larger group by virtue of certain refinements or distinctions of belief or practice.
2. A religious body, especially one that has separated from a larger denomination.
3. A faction united by common interests or beliefs.

[Middle English secte, from Old French, from Latin secta, course, school of thought, from feminine past participle of sequī, to follow; see sekw- in Indo-European roots.]

sect

(sɛkt)
n
1. (Christian Churches, other) a subdivision of a larger religious group (esp the Christian Church as a whole) the members of which have to some extent diverged from the rest by developing deviating beliefs, practices, etc
2. (Other Non-Christian Religions) often derogatory
a. a schismatic religious body characterized by an attitude of exclusivity in contrast to the more inclusive religious groups called denominations or Churches
b. a religious group regarded as extreme or heretical
3. a group of people with a common interest, doctrine, etc; faction
[C14: from Latin secta faction, following, from the stem of sequī to follow]

sect

(sɛkt)

n.
1. a body of persons adhering to a particular religious faith; denomination.
2. a group regarded as heretical or as deviating from a generally accepted religious tradition.
3. any group or faction united by a specific doctrine or under a doctrinal leader.
[1300–50; Middle English secte < Latin secta pathway, course of conduct, school of thought]

sect.

section.

Sect

 the group of people who follow a particular creed or embrace a certain set of opinions or rituals.
Examples: sect of astronomers, 1837; of atheists, 1692; of flatterers and Hostlers, 1515; of Lollards, 1390; of men of letters, 1776; of old maids, 1788; of pathologists and theorists, 1843; of philosophers; of physicians, 1628; of thieves and murderers, 1568; of writers, 1609.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sect - a subdivision of a larger religious groupsect - a subdivision of a larger religious group
sisterhood - a religious society of women who live together as sisters (especially an order of nuns)
organized religion, religion, faith - an institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him"
Albigenses, Cathari, Cathars - a Christian religious sect in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; believers in Albigensianism
High Anglican Church, High Church - a group in the Anglican Church that emphasizes the Catholic tradition (especially in sacraments and rituals and obedience to church authority)
Abecedarian - a 16th century sect of Anabaptists centered in Germany who had an absolute disdain for human knowledge
Amish sect - an orthodox Anabaptist sect separated from the Mennonites in late 17th century; settled chiefly in southeastern Pennsylvania
Karaites - a Jewish sect that recognizes only the Hebrew Scriptures as the source of divinely inspired legislation and denies the authority of the postbiblical tradition of the Talmud; the sect arose in Iraq in the eighth century
Shia, Shiah, Shiah Islam - one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam; mainly in Iran
Sunni Islam, Sunni - one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam
Shivaism, Sivaism - a Hindu sect worshiping Shiva
Saktism, Shaktism - a Hindu sect worshiping Shakti
Vaishnavism, Vaisnavism - Hindu sect worshiping of Vishnu
Haredi - any of several sects of Orthodox Judaism that reject modern secular culture and many of whom do not recognize the spiritual authority of the modern state of Israel
International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON, Hare Krishna - a religious sect founded in the United States in 1966; based on Vedic scriptures; groups engage in joyful chanting of `Hare Krishna' and other mantras based on the name of the Hindu god Krishna; devotees usually wear saffron robes and practice vegetarianism and celibacy
Jainism - sect founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism
Taoism - a Chinese sect claiming to follow the teaching of Lao-tzu but incorporating pantheism and sorcery in addition to Taoism
Kokka, Kokka Shinto - the branch of Shinto recognized as the official state religion of Japan
Shua, Shuha Shinto - any branch of Shinto other than Kokka
brethren - (plural) the lay members of a male religious order
monastic order, order - a group of person living under a religious rule; "the order of Saint Benedict"
Quakers, Religious Society of Friends, Society of Friends - a Christian sect founded by George Fox about 1660; commonly called Quakers
Shakers, United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing - a celibate and communistic Christian sect in the United States
Vaudois, Waldenses - a Christian sect of dissenters that originated in southern France in the late 12th century adopted Calvinist doctrines in the 16th century
Zurvanism - a Zoroastrian sect that claims Zurvan was the ultimate source of the universe
convent - a community of people in a religious order (especially nuns) living together
2.sect - a dissenting clique
clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, camp, pack - an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
splinter group - a faction or sect that has broken away from its parent organization
left wing, left - those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare
right wing, right - those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged
old guard - a faction that is unwilling to accept new ideas
pro-choice faction - those who argue that the decision to have an induced abortion should be made by the mother
pro-life faction - those who argue that induced abortion is killing and should be prohibited

sect

noun group, division, faction, party, school, camp, wing, denomination, school of thought, schism, splinter group Do you belong to some religious sect?

sect

noun
1. Those who accept and practice a particular religious belief:
2. A system of religious belief:
Translations
طَائِفَةطائِفَه، شيعَه
секта
sekta
sekt
sekt
lahko
मजहबमज़हब
sekta
szekta
sekte
sértrúarsöfnuîur
分派
교파
sektasektantassektantiškas
sekta
sekta
sekt
นิกายทางศาสนาที่แยกออกมา
giáo phái

sect

[sekt] Nsecta f

sect

[ˈsɛkt] nsecte f

sect

nSekte f

sect

[sɛkt] nsetta

sect

(sekt) noun
a group of people within a larger, especially religious, group, having views different from those of the rest of the group.
secˈtarian adjective
1. concerned with, especially the narrow interests of, a sect or sects. sectarian loyalties.
2. caused by membership of a sect. a sectarian murder.
noun
a member of a sect.

sect

طَائِفَة sekta sekt Sekte αίρεση secta lahko secte sekta setta 分派 교파 sekte sekt sekta seita секта sekt นิกายทางศาสนาที่แยกออกมา mezhep giáo phái 宗派
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The land becomes a wide green billiard table on which tiny human in- sects toil up and down.
Even some sects of philosophers have felt the necessity of importing the woods to themselves, since they did not go to the woods.
He laughed at my "odd kind of arithmetic," as he was pleased to call it, "in reckoning the numbers of our people, by a computation drawn from the several sects among us, in religion and politics.
For those different sects do not easily admit of an union with each other, or a quiet subjection to the same monarch.
When that portentous system of abuses, the Papal dominion, was overturned, a great variety of religious sects arose in its stead in the several countries, which for many centuries before had been screwed beneath its subjection.
A religious sect may degenerate into a political faction in a part of the Confederacy; but the variety of sects dispersed over the entire face of it must secure the national councils against any danger from that source.
Therefore, although the originators of these systems were, in many respects, revolutionary, their disciples have, in every case, formed mere reactionary sects.
Her mission had extended also to the followers of the Prophet, and from them she had received the courtesy and kindness which all the contending sects of our purer religion united to deny her.
And though the sects of philosophers of that kind be gone, yet there remain certain discoursing wits, which are of the same veins, though there be not so much blood in them, as was in those of the ancients.
Parties of principle, as, religious sects, or the party of free-trade, of universal suffrage, of abolition of slavery, of abolition of capital punishment,--degenerate into personalities, or would inspire enthusiasm.
Casaubon, he heard her with an air of patience as if she had given a quotation from the Delectus familiar to him from his tender years, and sometimes mentioned curtly what ancient sects or personages had held similar ideas, as if there were too much of that sort in stock already; at other times he would inform her that she was mistaken, and reassert what her remark had questioned.
Under all these sovereigns (to complete our summary of the movement) the more radical Protestants, Puritans as they came to be called, were active in agitation, undeterred by frequent cruel persecution and largely influenced by the corresponding sects in Germany and by the Presbyterianism established by Calvin in Geneva and later by John Knox in Scotland.