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sectarian

[sek-tair-ee-uh n] /sɛkˈtɛər i ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to sectaries or sects.
2.
narrowly confined or devoted to a particular sect.
3.
narrowly confined or limited in interest, purpose, scope, etc.
noun
4.
a member of a sect.
5.
a bigoted or narrow-minded adherent of a sect.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; sectary + -an
Related forms
sectarianly, adverb
unsectarian, adjective
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Examples from the web for sectarian
  • Many insurgencies and ethnic or sectarian wars are also civil wars.
  • The sectarian chasms remain deep, the wounds of strife raw.
  • Most of the population is divided between three ethnic or sectarian groups.
  • sectarian hatred, initially played up by the regime to rally support from other minorities, is becoming a reality.
  • It feeds on sectarian strife, lax policing and anti-Western hatred.
  • The government may make some progress on social policy, but will skirt issues that could stir up sectarian disputes.
  • Meanwhile, the sectarian violence has continued to grow.
  • Despite the cabinet's formation, sectarian tensions remain a serious concern.
  • The intimate sectarian violence is over, but lots of people are unhappy.
  • They have rejected sectarian war, and they have no interest in endless destruction.
British Dictionary definitions for sectarian

sectarian

/sɛkˈtɛərɪən/
adjective
1.
of, belonging or relating to, or characteristic of sects or sectaries
2.
adhering to a particular sect, faction, or doctrine
3.
narrow-minded, esp as a result of rigid adherence to a particular sect
noun
4.
a member of a sect or faction, esp one who is bigoted in his adherence to its doctrines or in his intolerance towards other sects, etc
Derived Forms
sectarianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for sectarian
adj.

1640s, originally applied by Presbyterians to Independents, from Medieval Latin sectarius, from secta (see sect).

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