An example of a sect is a fanatical branch of a religion.
- a religious body or denomination, esp. a small group that has broken away from an established church
- any group of people having a common leadership, set of opinions, philosophical doctrine, political principles, etc., specif. a faction of a larger group
Origin of sectMiddle English secte from Middle French from Classical Latin secta, path, way, method, party, faction, in LL(Ec), doctrine, sect from sequi, to follow: see sequent
Origin of -sectfrom Classical Latin sectus, past participle of secare, to cut: see saw
- A group of people forming a distinct unit within a larger group by virtue of certain refinements or distinctions of belief or practice.
- A religious body, especially one that has separated from a larger denomination.
- A faction united by common interests or beliefs.
Origin of sectMiddle English secte from Old French from Latin secta course, school of thought from feminine past participle of sequī to follow ; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
- To cut; divide: trisect.
- Cut; divided: transect.
Origin of -sectFrom Latin sectus past participle of secāre to cut ; see sek- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English secte, from Old French secte (“a sect in philosophy or religion"), from Late Latin secta (“a sect in philosophy or religion, a school, party, faction, class, gild, band, particularly a heretical doctrine or sect, etc."), possibly, from Latin sequi (“to follow").