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Meaning of SECT

Pronunciation:  sekt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a subdivision of a larger religious group
  2. [n]  a dissenting clique

SECT is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: faction, religious order, religious sect
 See Also: Amish sect, brethren, camp, clique, convent, coterie, faith, Hare Krishna, Haredi, High Anglican Church, High Church, ingroup, inner circle, International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON, Jainism, Kokka, Kokka Shinto, left, left wing, old guard, pack, pro-choice faction, pro-life faction, Quakers, religion, Religious Society of Friends, right, right wing, Saktism, Shakers, Shaktism, Shivaism, Shua, Shuha Shinto, sisterhood, Sivaism, Society of Friends, Society of Jesus, splinter group, Taoism, Vaishnavism, Vaisnavism



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sect\, n. [L. secare, sectum, to cut.]
    A cutting; a scion. [Obs.] --Shak.
  2. \Sect\, n. [F. secte, L. sects, fr. sequi to follew; 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.
          He beareth the sign of poverty, And in that sect our
          Savior saved all mankind.                --Piers
          As of the sect of which that he was born, He kept his
          lay, to which that he was sworn.         --Chaucer.
          The cursed sect of that detestable and false prophet
          Mohammed.                                --Fabyan.
          As concerning this sect [Christians], we know that
          everywhere it is spoken against.         --Acts xxviii.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Gr. hairesis, usually rendered "heresy", Acts 24:14; 1 Chr. 11:19; Gal. 5:20, etc.), meaning properly "a choice," then "a chosen manner of life," and then "a religious party," as the "sect" of the Sadducees (Acts 5:17), of the Pharisees (15:5), the Nazarenes, i.e., Christians (24:5). It afterwards came to be used in a bad sense, of those holding pernicious error, divergent forms of belief (2 Pet. 2:1; Gal. 5:20).