Sect meaning

sĕkt
Frequency:
A group of people forming a distinct unit within a larger group by virtue of certain refinements or distinctions of belief or practice.
noun
2
0
A religious body, especially one that has separated from a larger denomination.
noun
2
0
The definition of a sect is a small division of a larger group, especially a religious group.

An example of a sect is a fanatical branch of a religion.

noun
1
0
A faction united by common interests or beliefs.
noun
1
0
Section.
abbreviation
0
0
Advertisement
Sectional.
abbreviation
0
0
To cut; divide.

Trisect.

suffix
0
0
Cut; divided.

Transect.

suffix
0
0
A religious body or denomination, esp. a small group that has broken away from an established church.
noun
0
0
Any group of people having a common leadership, set of opinions, philosophical doctrine, political principles, etc., specif. a faction of a larger group.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
Section.
abbreviation
0
0
Cut, separated.

Pinnatisect.

affix
0
0
Section.
abbreviation
0
0
Sectional.
abbreviation
0
0
An offshoot of a larger religion; a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

A religious sect.

noun
0
0
Advertisement
A group following a specific ideal or a leader.
noun
0
0

Origin of sect

  • < L sectus, pp. of secare, to cut: see saw

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English secte from Old French from Latin secta course, school of thought from feminine past participle of sequī to follow sekw-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin sectus past participle of secāre to cut sek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary