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Definition of sect:

  1. A cutting; a scion.
  2. 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.

Synonyms:

religious order, cult, brethren, bloc, order, cleric, side, ascetic, faction, brother, communion, animism, faith, church, camarilla, congregation, religious sect, coreligionist, block, confession, religion, denomination, creed, Baha'i, church, junto, following, persuasion.

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