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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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She was, besides, a profest follower of that noble sect founded by Xantippe of old; by means of which she became more formidable in the school than her husband; for, to confess the truth, he was never master there, or anywhere else, in her presence.
Freemasonry is not a religious ceremonial sect, as I thought it was: Freemasonry is the best expression of the best, the eternal, aspects of humanity."
All the virtues peculiar to the sect to which she belonged shone in her, but she seemed to be unconscious of her merit.
If you knew the sect as I do you wouldn't go by mere superficial silences and chin-tiltings.
It is true that Marmaduke, by thus purchasing estates that had been wrested by violence from others, rendered himself obnoxious to the censures of that Sect which, at the same time that it discards its children from a full participation in the family union, seems ever unwilling to abandon them entirely to the world.
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.
The Latin priests say it was stolen away, long ago, by priests of another sect. That seems like a hard statement to make, but we know very well that it was stolen, because we have seen it ourselves in several of the cathedrals of Italy and France.
The poet, that beautified the sect, that was otherwise inferior to the rest, saith yet excellently well: It is a pleasure, to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tossed upon the sea; a pleasure, to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle, and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth
Their reputation, as holders of mystic and pernicious principles, having spread before them, the Puritans early endeavored to banish, and to prevent the further intrusion of the rising sect. But the measures by which it was intended to purge the land of heresy, though more than sufficiently vigorous, were entirely unsuccessful.
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.
I computed the number of our people, by reckoning how many millions there might be of each religious sect, or political party among us.
I could have given my own sect the preference and made everybody a Presby- terian without any trouble, but that would have been to affront a law of human nature: spiritual wants and instincts are as various in the human family as are physical appetites, complexions, and features, and a man is only at his best, morally, when he is equipped with the religious garment whose color and shape and size most nicely accommodate themselves to the spirit- ual complexion, angularities, and stature of the indi- vidual who wears it; and, besides, I was afraid of a united Church; it makes a mighty power, the mightiest conceivable, and then when it by and by gets into selfish hands, as it is always bound to do, it means death to human liberty and paralysis to human thought.