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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: secte 'group, sect', from Latin secta 'way of life, type of people', from sequi 'to follow'

sect

noun
     
Related topics: Religion
sect [countable]
RR a group of people with their own particular set of beliefs and practices, especially within or separated from a larger religious group
WORD FOCUS: religion WORD FOCUS: religion
faith one of the world's main religions, for example Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, or Christianity
church
a Christian religious group, for example the Catholic Church
sect
a religious group that is part of a larger religious group but has slightly different beliefs, for example a Buddhist sect
cult
an extreme religious group that is not part of an established religion
faith community
a group of people living in the same area, who have a particular religion
secular
not relating to religion or any religious group
religion

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religion

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