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1    a subdivision of a larger religious group (esp. the Christian Church as a whole) the members of which have to some extent diverged from the rest by developing deviating beliefs, practices, etc.  
2    Often disparaging  
a    a schismatic religious body characterized by an attitude of exclusivity in contrast to the more inclusive religious groups called denominations or Churches  
b    a religious group regarded as extreme or heretical  
3    a group of people with a common interest, doctrine, etc.; faction  
     (C14: from Latin secta faction, following, from the stem of sequi to follow)  

Clapham Sect  
      n   a group of early 19th-century Church of England evangelicals advocating personal piety, the abolition of slavery, etc.  
     (C19: named after Clapham, a district of London)  
      abbrev. for   section  
      vb combining form   to cut or divide, esp. into a specified number of parts  
     (from Latin sectus cut, from secare to cut; see saw1)  
Dictionnaire anglais Collins English definition-Thesaurus  


camp, denomination, division, faction, group, party, schism, school, school of thought, splinter group, wing  

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-sect, sect., Clapham Sect, Pure Land sects

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