religious sect


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Noun1.religious sect - a subdivision of a larger religious groupreligious sect - 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
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The Bedlamites and the Helldamites were twin slave organizations, while a new religious sect that did not flourish long was called The Wrath of God.
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.
I computed the number of our people, by reckoning how many millions there might be of each religious sect, or political party among us.
Then she might have come down to us in history, hand in hand with Ann Hutchinson, as the foundress of a religious sect.
His life, before he came to Raveloe, had been filled with the movement, the mental activity, and the close fellowship, which, in that day as in this, marked the life of an artisan early incorporated in a narrow religious sect, where the poorest layman has the chance of distinguishing himself by gifts of speech, and has, at the very least, the weight of a silent voter in the government of his community.
We had yet five days to spare before embarking for England, and I had a great desire to see 'the Shaker Village,' which is peopled by a religious sect from whom it takes its name.
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.
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.
15PM Jack Falahee and Haley Lu Richardson act like Romeo and Juliet in a religious sect run like an Amish settlement with cellphones.
Sectarian violence in Pakistan refers to attacks on members of a religious sect.
He was yesterday jailed for two years for defaming His Majesty King Hamad and 12 months for insulting a religious sect.
THE primary school infiltrated by a hardline US religious sect will get a new headteacher today.

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