noun (plural -ries) Date: 1556 a member of a sect

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  • Sectary — Sec ta*ry, n.;pl. {Sectaries}. [F. sectaire. See {Sect}.] A sectarian; a member or adherent of a sect; a follower or disciple of some particular teacher in philosophy or religion; one who separates from an established church; a dissenter. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sectary — index advocate (espouser), backer, pariah, partisan Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sectary — (n.) 1550s, from Fr. sectaire or directly from M.L. sectarius, from secta (see SECT (Cf. sect)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sectary — 1 adherent, *follower, disciple, partisan, henchman, satellite Analogous words: devotee, votary, *addict 2 also …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sectary — [sek′tər ē] n. pl. sectaries [ML sectarius < L secta: see SECT2] 1. a member of a sect 2. [often S ] a Dissenter; Nonconformist …   English World dictionary

  • sectary — /sek teuh ree/, n., pl. sectaries. 1. a member of a particular sect, esp. an adherent of a religious body regarded as heretical or schismatic. 2. a Protestant of nonconformist denomination, esp. a minor one. 3. a person zealously devoted to a… …   Universalium

  • sectary — noun a) A sectarian b) A Protestant dissenter or nonconformist …   Wiktionary

  • sectary — Synonyms and related words: Bohemian, Maecenas, Young Turk, abettor, adherent, admirer, advocate, aficionado, alienated, angel, antiestablishment, apologist, apostate, appendage, at odds with, at variance with, attendant, backer, beatnik, bigot,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • sectary — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. One zealously devoted to a religion: devotee, enthusiast, fanatic, votary, zealot. See BELIEF, LOVE, RELIGION. 2. A person who dissents from the doctrine of an established church: dissenter, dissident, heretic,… …   English dictionary for students

  • sectary — n. member of a religious sect (esp. one viewed as heretical) …   English contemporary dictionary

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