• I took it as bein' a compliment to my sect the way that fountain wuz laid out
    I took it as bein' a compliment to my sect the way that fountain wuz laid out
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sect a subdivision of a larger religious group
    • n sect a dissenting clique
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word Assassin is derived from a Middle Eastern religious and political sect known as Hashishins. The name means 'hashish smoker'which refers to the practice of taking hashish to induce visions of ecstacy before murdering their enemies as their religious duty. They were very good at what they did.
    • n Sect sĕkt A cutting; a scion.
    • n Sect sĕkt 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."
      "As of the sect of which that he was born,
      He kept his lay, to which that he was sworn."
      "The cursed sect of that detestable and false prophet Mohammed.""As concerning this sect Christians], we know that everywhere it is spoken against."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sect A system or body of doctrines or opinions held by a number of persons and constituting the distinctive doctrines of a school, as propounded originally by the founder or founders of the school and (usually) developed or modified by later adherents; also and usually, the body of persons holding such doctrines or opinions; a school of philosophy or of philosophers: as, the sect of Epicurus; the sect of the Epicureans.
    • n sect A party or body of persons who unite in holding certain special doctrines or opinions concerning religion, which distinguish them from others holding the same general religious belief; a distinct part of the general body of persons claiming the same religious name or origin; especially, such a party of innovators, differing in their beliefs from those who support the older or orthodox views; a party or faction in a religious body; a separate ecclesiastical organization; an ecclesiastical denomination: as, the sects of the Jewish religion (which were not separately organized); the sects of the Christian church (usually separately organized); Mohammedan sects; Buddhist sects. The Latin word secta, from which the English word sect is derived, did not at first become limited in Christian usage to a specific meaning. It was used for ‘way,’ ‘mode of life,’ etc., but also for the Greek αἱρεσις (Latin hæresis, the original of the English word heresy), signifying ‘a school of philosophy, opinion, or doctrine,’ especially peculiar or erroneous doctrine. A familiar application was to the sect of Christians, as distinguished from Jews and pagans. In four of the nine passages in which αἱρεσις is found in the New Testament, the Vulgate has hæresis, in the other five secta. In Acts xxiv. 14 it has “the way (sectam) which they call heresy (hæresim).” The use of secta in these passages led to the meaning of ‘a separate or heretical body,’ which is found in writers of the fourth century, and by desynonymization secta emphasized the organization and hæresis the doctrine. Afterward it came to be supposed that the word secta meant, etymologically, ‘a party cut off’; hence the more or less opprobrious use of sect by many writers. It is often used, however, unopprobriously, in a sense substantially identical with the original sense, to signify ‘a body of persons who agree in a particular set of doctrines.’
    • n sect A religion.
    • n sect In a general sense, a number of persons holding the same opinions or practising the same customs, or having common associations or interests; a party; following; company; faction.
    • n sect Kind; sex: originally merely a particular use of sect in sense 4, but now regarded as a form of sex, and as such avoided as incorrect.
    • n sect Apparel; likeness.
    • n sect A part cut off; a cutting; scion.
    • n sect In geometry: A part cut out on a straight line; a limited straight line or rod; the part or piece of a straight line between two definite points (end-points of the sect); a portion of a given straight line, of definite length.
    • n sect A piece of a range bounded by two points.
    • n sect Two points, A and B, upon a straight adjective
    • sect In mathematics, of sects; operating with sects.
    • sect [lowercase or cap.] An abbreviation of section.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sect sekt a body of men who unite in holding some particular views, esp. in religion and philosophy: those who dissent from an established church: a denomination: a school of philosophy: a party: faction: apparel: a part cut off
    • n Sect one of a sect: one strongly imbued with the characteristics of a sect
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Even today a crude sort of persecution is all that is required to create an honorable name for any sect, no matter how indifferent in itself.”
  • Edgar Quinet
    “Universal orthodoxy is enriched by every new discovery of truth: what at first appeared universal, by wishing to stand still, sooner or later becomes a sect.”
  • James F. Cooper
    “America owes most of its social prejudices to the exaggerated religious opinions of the different sects which were so instrumental in establishing the colonies.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A sect or party is an incognito devised to save man from the vexation of thinking.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. secte, L. secta, fr. sequi, to follow; often confused with L. secare, sectum, to cut. See Sue to follow, and cf. Sept Suit (n.)


In literature:

You may leave the money of the sect, but you have stolen things that can never be replaced.
"The Mystics" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
By some authorities he is thought to have belonged to the sect of the Pneumatici.
"Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine" by James Sands Elliott
And communities there were where men had forgotten the very names almost of Protestant sects.
"Beginnings of the American People" by Carl Lotus Becker
They are very zealous to perpetuate their own sect.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
Plato was the chief of the academic sect, and Aristotle of the peripatetic.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
They become inquirers, run through the sects nearest at hand, and finally come before the Church and gaze upon her.
"Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 1, January 1886" by Various
Epicurus too had the property of the Gardens where he lectured; and these too became the property of his sect.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
I am of the sect of the ancient Sadducees, who took no part in the Crucifixion.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
These facts were almost identical in the various sects.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
There are many sects that would heartily subscribe to all of them.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various

In poetry:

Earth own, at last, untrod
By sect, or caste, or clan,
The fatherhood of God,
The brotherhood of man!
"Astraea" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Take heart with us, O man of old,
Soul-freedom's brave confessor,
So love of God and man wax strong,
Let sect and creed be lesser.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
How welcome to our ears, long pained
By strife of sect and party noise,
The brook-like murmur of his song
Of nature's simple joys!
"Wordsworth" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"I take possession of man's mind and deed.
I care not what the sects may brawl.
I sit as God holding no form of creed,
But contemplating all." *
"The Palace of Art" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Ye different sects, who all declare,
"Lo, here is Christ! " or, "Christ is here!"
Your stronger proofs divinely give,
And show me where the Christians live.
"Hymn XVI: Happy the Souls That First Believed" by Charles Wesley
Here in a land of many sects, where God
As shaped by man in countless forms appears,
Few comprehend how carefully you trod
Without a slip for two and forty years.
"John Bede Polding" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Riahi's death has raised painful questions in a town where many belong to Islam's Salafi sect, a deeply conservative form of the faith.
' Secret agent for ancient sect' accused of $6m con.
But to a secret sect of adults, "back to school" means hunting season.
'A Totalitarian Sect': A Pro-Kremlin Group Calls to Ban Mormons in Russia.
Suspected sect bomb attacks killed 3 in Nigeria beer gardens amid unceasing violence.
Along with unique traditions, sect keeps Jesus at forefront.
When a national cult-watcher has to beg San Francisco's mayor to stop luring young people into a dangerous mind-control sect, we have a problem.
Polygamist sect member details ' celestial marriages'.
Polygamist sect advertising leaders' revelations.
Bell ringer didn't promote any sect .
Radical Muslim sect claims north Nigeria attacks.
UN condemns sect attack in Nigeria that killed 69.
This could have been a tool to clarify the Alawite religion to other sects and religions and to reduce suspicions over what many Syrians perceive as a mysterious faith.
Both Nigeria, sect killed civilians.
Is Brooklyn Sect Mayor's Chosen.

In science:

The case of magnetic field is considered in Sect.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
In Sect.V, the paraxial theory is applied to the model of δ -correlated random magnetic field.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
Proof of this proposition will be presented in Sect. 6.
Gaussian Random Matrix Models for q-deformed Gaussian Random Variables
The proof of this lemma will be presented in Sect. 6.
Gaussian Random Matrix Models for q-deformed Gaussian Random Variables
In sect. 3 we describe the variational techniques using a tensorial approach.
On the solutions of the Cartan equation in Metric Affine Gravity