Meaning of sectarian


Sectarian is a word to describe something having to do with smaller groups or sects. Sectarian violence, for example, would describe violence that has erupted between conflicting groups or sects.

Sectarian, as a noun, is a member of a group with a particular set of interests. If you’re a religious sectarian, you are loyal to a particular religious sect or group. Unfortunately, there are not many places in the world where sectarian strife and conflict do not exist.

Definitions of sectarian
  1. adjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of a sect or sects

    sectarian differences”

  2. adjective

    belonging to or characteristic of a sect

    sectarian mind”
    “”the negations of
    sectarian ideology”- Sidney Hook”
    sectarian squabbles in psychology”


    adhering or confined to a particular sect or denomination

    rigidly adhering to a particular sect or its doctrines
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    nonsectarian, unsectarian

    not restricted to one sect or school or party
    ecumenic, ecumenical, oecumenic, oecumenical

    concerned with promoting unity among churches or religions
    interchurch, interdenominational

    occurring between or among or common to different churches or denominations

    not restricted to a particular religious denomination

    not bound or devoted to the promotion of a particular denomination
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  3. noun

    a member of a sect

    sectarians are intolerant of the views of any other sect”

    sectarist, sectary

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    type of:


    a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own

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