Definitions of Sect
- (noun) A small part of a larger religious group that in comparison often has unorthodox political or religious views.
- (noun) Any group within a larger group with distinct beliefs and practices that deviate from the larger group.
- American English – /sEkt/
- British English – /sEkt/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /sɛk(t)/
- British English – /sɛkt/
- Plural: sects
- Weber contended that sects typically transition to churches. Sect leaders often have charismatic authority. This charisma becomes attached or “reflected” into administrators with the group. This leads to the routinisation of charisma, leading to charismatic authority being replaced by traditional authority or rational-legal authority.
- Sectarian violence is conflict between two sects.
- A sect within a sect is a subsect or undersect.
- Type: established sect
- Also called:
- religious order
- religious sect
- splinter group
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- Word origin of “sect” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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“sect.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 17 May. 2021. <https://sociologydictionary.org/sect/>.