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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sect  \Sect\,  n.  [L.  secare,  sectum,  to  cut.] 
  A  cutting;  a  scion.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sect  \Sect\,  n.  [F.  secte,  L.  sects,  fr  sequi  to  follew;  often 
  confused  with  L.  secare,  sectum,  to  cut.  See  {Sue}  to  follow 
  and  cf  {Sept},  {Suit},  n.] 
  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. 
  He  beareth  the  sign  of  poverty,  And  in  that  sect  our 
  Savior  saved  all  mankind.  --Piers 
  As  of  the  sect  of  which  that  he  was  born,  He  kept  his 
  lay,  to  which  that  he  was  sworn.  --Chaucer. 
  The  cursed  sect  of  that  detestable  and  false  prophet 
  Mohammed.  --Fabyan. 
  As  concerning  this  sect  [Christians],  we  know  that 
  everywhere  it  is  spoken  against.  --Acts  xxviii. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  subdivision  of  a  larger  religious  group  [syn:  {religious 
  2:  a  dissenting  clique  [syn:  {faction}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (Gr.  hairesis  usually  rendered  "heresy",  Acts  24:14;  1  Chr. 
  11:19;  Gal.  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  Pet.  2:1;  Gal.  5:20). 

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