• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sectarian belonging to or characteristic of a sect "a sectarian mind","the negations of sectarian ideology"- Sidney Hook","sectarian squabbles in psychology"
    • adj sectarian of or relating to or characteristic of a sect or sects "sectarian differences"
    • n sectarian a member of a sect "most sectarians are intolerant of the views of any other sect"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sectarian One of a sect; a member or adherent of a special school, denomination, or religious or philosophical party; one of a party in religion which has separated itself from established church, or which holds tenets different from those of the prevailing denomination in a state.
    • a Sectarian Pertaining to a sect, or to sects; peculiar to a sect; bigotedly attached to the tenets and interests of a denomination; as, sectarian principles or prejudices.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sectarian Of or pertaining to a sect or sects; peculiar to a sect: as, sectarian interests; sectarian principles.
    • sectarian That inculcates the particular tenets of a sect: as, sectarian instruction; a. sectarian book.
    • sectarian Of or pertaining to one who is bigotedly attached to a particular sect; characterized by or characteristic of bigoted attachment to a particular sect or its teachings, interests, etc.
    • n sectarian One of a sect; especially, a person who attaches excessive importance or is bigotedly attached to the tenets and interests of a sect.
    • n sectarian Synonyms See heretic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sectarian pertaining to, or peculiar to, a sect: bigotedly devoted to the interests of a sect, narrow, exclusive (also Sectā′rial)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. secte—L. secta, a school of philosophy—secāre, sectum, to cut off.


In literature:

Glendale, Ariz. Russian Sectarians 49.
"A Stake in the Land" by Peter Alexander Speek
Make them not only non-sectarian, but non-religious.
"The Long Day" by Dorothy Richardson
They do not set up any sectarian principles of their own by which to shape and mould the proletarian movement.
"Manifesto of the Communist Party" by Karl Marx
A savage burst of sectarian fury broke out.
"A History of the English Church in New Zealand" by Henry Thomas Purchas
But in England the sectarian democracy was strong only to destroy.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
This difference, being seized, would put an end to much musical sectarianism.
"English Critical Essays" by Various
The vanishing point of all Christian sectarian ideas of the East was in God, of those of the West in Man.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
We fear that there will be sectarians even in this Natural Religion till the end of time.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
The other is dated Antrim, July, 1884, and is her answer to my sectarian appeal.
"My Lady of the Chimney Corner" by Alexander Irvine
That the world has a fresh sectarian paper, and that the readers of the infidel press remain just where they were.
"The London Pulpit" by J. Ewing Ritchie

In news:

Syria conflict exposes Iraq's sectarian divide .
The ongoing conflict in Syria has exposed the deep sectarian loyalties that run through the region including Iraq.
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has made no secret of his religious and, frankly, sectarian agenda.
Hate -filled sectarianism should be rooted out of society in Ireland, Irish president Michael D Higgins has said.
Scores killed, hundreds of homes burned as sectarian violence escalates to a new level.
With US troops gone, sectarian strife now seems to be on the upswing in Iraq.(Getty).
The crisis in Syria veers toward regionwide sectarian explosion.
Syrian refugees who fled across the Lebanese border today say a sectarian war has emerged, as gangs affiliated with President Assad's minority Alawite sect arrest and kill Sunnis.
Q&A: What's behind sectarian violence in Myanmar.
In Egypt, a Widening Sectarian Crisis.
Will Syria's Sectarian Divisions Spill Over Into Turkey.
Iraq's New Sectarian Storm Clouds The Nation.
Bahrain's Crackdown Creates Sectarian Fallout.
Make rodeo prayer non- sectarian .
In Myanmar's volatile west, sectarian violence worsens.