What does SECT mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sect, religious sect, religious order(noun)

    a subdivision of a larger religious group

  2. faction, sect(noun)

    a dissenting clique


  1. sect(Noun)

    A cult or religious movement. a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.

    A religious sect.

  2. sect(Noun)

    A group following a specific ideal or a leader.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sect(noun)

    a cutting; a scion

  2. Sect(noun)

    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

  3. Origin: [L. secare, sectum, to cut.]


  1. Sect

    A sect is a subgroup of a religious, political or philosophical belief system, usually an offshoot of a larger religious group. Although in past it was mostly used to refer to religious groups, it has since expanded and in modern culture can refer to any organization that breaks away from a larger one to follow a different set of rules and principles. The term is occasionally used in a malicious way to suggest the broken-off group follows a more negative path than the original. The historical usage of the term sect in Christendom has had pejorative connotations, referring to a group or movement with heretical beliefs or practices that deviate from those of groups considered orthodox. A sect as used in an Indian context refers to an organized tradition.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sect

    sekt, n. a body of men who unite in holding some particular views, esp. in religion and philosophy: those who dissent from an established church: a denomination: a school of philosophy: a party: faction: apparel: a part cut off.—adj. Sectā′rian, pertaining to, or peculiar to, a sect: bigotedly devoted to the interests of a sect, narrow, exclusive (also Sectā′rial).—n. one of a sect: one strongly imbued with the characteristics of a sect.—v.t. Sectā′rianise.—ns. Sectā′rianism, quality or character of a sectarian: excessive devotion to a sect; Sec′tarist; Sec′tary, one of a sect: a dissenter; Sectā′tor (obs.), an adherent of a school or party; Sec′tist; Sect′-mas′ter, the leader of a sect.—Sectarial marks, emblems marked on the foreheads of the different sects in India. [Fr. secte—L. secta, a school of philosophy—secāre, sectum, to cut off.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SECT in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SECT in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.

  2. Nadine Labaki:

    If you, like me are angry, forget the party, forget the sect, you are today Lebanese, a child of Beirut.

  3. Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry, 1799:

    I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.

  4. Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi:

    Learn spiritual sciences, to recognize God and gain access to Him, no matter what religion or sect you belong to!

  5. President Muhammadu Buhari:

    I renew my commitment to track Boko Haram into a corner, to destroy it. Five years of the presence of this evil sect is enough.

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