Definition of sectary in English:

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sectary

Pronunciation: /ˈsektərē/

noun (plural sectaries)

A member of a religious or political sect.
Example sentences
  • Steve Bainbridge's post, discussed below, cites Russell Kirk's famous insult of libertarians as ‘chirping sectaries.’
  • It was, for Tories, unthinkable to have a national church with sectaries outside.
  • A comprehensive national Church embracing all but a small number of sectaries and papists would have been a very different matter from a restricted religious establishment, co-existing with large numbers of nonconformists.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from modern Latin sectarius 'schismatic', from medieval Latin sectarius 'adherent', from Latin secta (see sect).

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Syllabification: sec·ta·ry

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