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sect   WordNet 2.0

- a subdivision of a larger religious group

 
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- a dissenting clique

 
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Sect   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. A cutting; a scion. [Obs.] Shak.

 
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1. 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 Plowman.

"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. 22.

 
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