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sect    : [s'ɛkt]
Sect \Sect\ (s[e^]kt), n. [L. secare, sectum, to cut.]
A cutting; a scion. [Obs.] --Shak.
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Sect \Sect\ (s[e^]kt), n. [F. secte, L. secta, fr. sequi to
follow; often confused with L. secare, sectum, to cut. See
{Sue} to follow, and cf. {Sept}, {Suit}, n.]
Those following a particular leader or authority, or attached
to a certain opinion; a company or set having a common belief
or allegiance distinct from others; in religion, the
believers in a particular creed, or upholders of a particular
practice; especially, in modern times, a party dissenting
from an established church; a denomination; in philosophy,
the disciples of a particular master; a school; in society
and the state, an order, rank, class, or party.
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He beareth the sign of poverty,
And in that sect our Savior saved all mankind. --Piers
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As of the sect of which that he was born,
He kept his lay, to which that he was sworn. --Chaucer.
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The cursed sect of that detestable and false prophet
Mohammed. --Fabyan.
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As concerning this sect [Christians], we know that
everywhere it is spoken against. --Acts xxviii.
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n 1: a subdivision of a larger religious group [synonym: {sect},
{religious sect}, {religious order}]
2: a dissenting clique [synonym: {faction}, {sect}]

62 Moby Thesaurus words for "sect":
Babi, Babism, Bahaism, Brahmanism, Brahmoism, Buddhism,
Chen Yen Buddhism, Christianity, adherents, affiliation,
anthroposophy, body, branch, breakaway group, cabal, camp, caucus,
church, class, clique, communion, community, confession,
connection, creed, cult, denomination, disciples, division,
ethnic group, faction, faith, fellowship, followers, group,
interest, interest group, ism, minority group, offshoot, order,
organization, party, persuasion, political party, pressure group,
religious order, schism, school, school of thought, sectarism,
segment, set, side, silent majority, society, splinter,
splinter group, variety, version, vocal minority, wing

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