Definition of sectary in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛktəri

noun (plural sectaries)

  • A member of a religious or political sect.
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    • 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.


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

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