sect

1. (noun) A subculture of a larger religious group that in comparison often has unorthodox political or religious views.

2. (noun) Any group within a larger group with distinct beliefs and practices that deviate from the larger group.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: sects
  • Sectarian violence is conflict between two sects.
  • A sect within a sect is a subsect or undersect.
  • A type of group.
  • Also called:
    • faction
    • religious order
    • religious sect
    • splinter group

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