sectarianism

sectarianism

[sek-tair-ee-uh-niz-uhm]
noun
sectarian spirit or tendencies; excessive devotion to a particular sect, especially in religion.

Origin:
1810–20; sectarian + -ism

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sectarian (sɛkˈtɛərɪən)
 
adj
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
 
n
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
 
sec'tarianism
 
n

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