- 1A group of people with somewhat different religious beliefs (typically regarded as heretical) from those of a larger group to which they belong.More example sentences
- Christians had gone astray and corrupted the God's scriptures by dividing into different sects and beliefs.
- Sadhus belong to many different sects or orders.
- For instance, there were families, which did not mind much about the brides and bridegrooms belonging to different sects.
- 1.1often • derogatory A group that has separated from an established Church; a nonconformist Church: two of the older sects—the Congregationalists and the Baptists—were able to increase their membership dramaticallyMore example sentences
- Scotland was chosen as the film's setting because of its fundamentalist religious sects and remote communities.
- As Baptists, our beginnings are traced to dissenting sects of English and European Protestants.
- The confused situation gave dissenting sects the opportunity to establish themselves.
- 1.2A philosophical or political group, especially one regarded as extreme or dangerous: the radical sect Friends of the Earth campaigned against aerosols containing CFC gasesMore example sentences
- They have tightened security measures to control the influence of extreme political sects among the uprooted multitudes.
- This was undertaken by far-left groups - small Trotskyist and Maoist sects that were moving far ahead of the mainstream.
- The dystopian political program of this utterly marginal, extremist sect has absolutely no traction with anyone of significance.
Middle English: from Old French secte or Latin secta, literally 'following', hence 'faction, party', from the stem of sequi 'follow'.