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  1. a dissenting clique Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a subdivision of a larger religious group Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A cutting; a scion. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A number of persons who, following a teacher or leader, hold certain opinions; a following; a party; especially, a religious denomination. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A body of men who unite in holding some particular views, esp. in religion and philosophy: those who dissent from an established church. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Persons who hold peculiar views in religion, philosophy, &c. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. A religious denomination; an ecclesiastical faction. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. A body of persons united in the same tenets, chiefly in philosophy or religion, and constituting a distinct party by holding sentiments different from those of others; a school; a dissenting denomination. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. A number of persons united by their attachment to some particular doctrines or tenets, usually in religion or philosophy; a body of persons dissenting from an established church. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. (Gr. hairesis, usually rendered "heresy", Acts 24:14 ; 1 Chronicles 11:19 ; Galatians 5:20 , etc.), meaning properly "a choice," then "a chosen manner of life," and then "a religious party," as the "sect" of the Sadducees ( Acts 5:17 ), of the Pharisees ( 15:5 ), the Nazarenes, i.e., Christians ( 24:5 ). It afterwards came to be used in a bad sense, of those holding pernicious error, divergent forms of belief ( 2 Peter 2:1 ; Galatians 5:20 ). biblestudytools.com
  12. 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. SECT[=A]'RIAN, pertaining to, or peculiar to, a sect: bigotedly devoted to the interests of a sect, narrow, exclusive (also SECT[=A]'RIAL).--n. one of a sect: one strongly imbued with the characteristics of a sect.--v.t. SECT[=A]'RIANISE.--ns. SECT[=A]'RIANISM, quality or character of a sectarian: excessive devotion to a sect; SEC'TARIST; SEC'TARY, one of a sect: a dissenter; SECT[=A]'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--sec[=a]re, sectum, to cut off.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  13. Body of persons agreed upon religious doctrines usu. different from those of an established or orthodox Church from which they have separated& usu. having distinctive common worship, nonconformist or other Church as described by opponents, party or faction in a religious body, religious denomination, so sectarian a. & n., sectarianism (2, 3) n., sectarianize (3) v.t.; followers of a particular philosopher or philosophy or school of thought. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  14. n. [Latin] A body of persons who have separated from others in virtue of some special doctrine, or set of doctrines, which they hold in common the disciples or followers of a philosophical teacher or leader of thought; a religious denomination which has separated from the Established Church. Cabinet Dictionary

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