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.
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)
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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