I. noun Etymology: Middle English secte, from Anglo-French & Late Latin & Latin; Anglo-French, group, faction, from Late Latin secta organized ecclesiastical body, from Latin, course of action, way of life, probably from sectari to pursue, frequentative of sequi to follow — more at sue Date: 14th century 1. a. a dissenting or schismatic religious body; especially one regarded as extreme or heretical b. a religious denomination 2. archaic sex 1 <
so is all her sect — Shakespeare
3. a. a group adhering to a distinctive doctrine or to a leader b. party c. faction II. abbreviation section; sectional

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  • sect — sect, sectarianism The sociology of religion developed a model of religious organization which is referred to as the ‘church sect typology’. As originally formulated by Max Weber (The Sociology of Religion, 1922) and Ernst Troeltsch (The Social… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • Sect — (s[e^]kt), n. [L. secare, sectum, to cut.] A cutting; a scion. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -sect — [sekt] 〚< L sectus, pp. of secare, to cut: see SAW1〛 combining form forming adjectives cut, separated [pinnatisect] * * * sect suff. 1. To cut; divide: trisect. 2. Cut; divided …   Universalium

  • sect — [sekt] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: secte group, sect , from Latin secta way of life, type of people , from sequi to follow ] a group of people with their own particular set of beliefs and practices, especially within or separated… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sect — (n.) c.1300, distinctive system of beliefs or observances; party or school within a religion, from O.Fr. secte, from L.L. secta religious group, sect, from L. secta manner, mode, following, school of thought, lit. a way, road, from fem. of sectus …   Etymology dictionary

  • sect — sect1 [sekt] n. [ME secte < MFr < L secta, path, way, method, party, faction, in LL(Ec), doctrine, sect < sequi, to follow: see SEQUENT] 1. a religious body or denomination, esp. a small group that has broken away from an established… …   English World dictionary

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  • sect — index class, denomination, side, society, split Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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