Definition of sectarian in English:

sectarian

adjective

  • 1Denoting or concerning a sect or sects:

    ‘the city's traditional sectarian divide’
    • ‘But, after the earliest period, sectarian denominations became less and less important.’
    • ‘And like any church, Adventism of course has its sectarian movements and offshoots.’
    • ‘With a separatist impulse, fundamentalism turned inward; but the sectarian subculture that coalesced was resourceful and vibrant.’
    • ‘One way to avoid any kind of sectarian essentializing leading to religious fanaticism is to read these texts in comparative and inclusive ways.’
    • ‘They have been forced to hire devotees of sectarian Orthodoxy, who inevitably influence the religious orientation of their students.’
    • ‘Occasionally, sectarian concerns discouraged both Protestants and Catholics from attending branches.’
    • ‘The truth is that the Orange Order can no longer parade in a nakedly sectarian and triumphalist fashion.’
    • ‘Socialist politics are the only way to break down sectarian divisions.’
    • ‘Sadr's decision will also exacerbate sectarian tensions between the Sunni and Shiite elite.’
    • ‘This movement transcended religious and sectarian divisions and was determined to end the US-led occupation.’
    • ‘There is no room for petty insularity and sectarian nonsense - the Scots must see themselves as nimble enough to change and take on the world's best.’
    • ‘Today those closest to our violent past seem to dominate the political landscape and many remain entranced by sectarian concerns.’
    • ‘Well first of all I don't think of religion at all in sectarian terms.’
    • ‘The truth is that Northern Ireland is a state which nurtures sectarian divide and rule.’
    • ‘But it has been pursued with the same sectarian, thuggish, and ultimately self-defeating spirit.’
    • ‘And the peace process itself entrenches the sectarian division between Protestant and Catholic.’
    • ‘At the Agreement's heart was a Stormont Assembly that institutionalised the sectarian divide.’
    • ‘In northern Iraq, sectarian tensions are also escalating in the wake of the referendum.’
    • ‘We can point, randomly, to instances that fuelled the fire of sectarian hatred.’
    • ‘The demonstration spanned the city's traditional sectarian divide, with marchers coming from every area.’
    1. 1.1 (of an action) carried out on the grounds of membership of a sect, denomination, or other group:
      ‘sectarian killings’
      • ‘And as political questions move down the agenda, so cultural and purely sectarian conflicts have risen to the fore.’
      • ‘It would unleash bloodshed, sectarian violence and regional instability - the very things that the invasion and occupation themselves have produced.’
      • ‘I agree that sectarian clashes are a curse and there is need to bring these to an end.’
      • ‘He and his gang were planning to carry out random sectarian assassinations on Catholics in Belfast.’
      • ‘Had she ever been involved in any sectarian conflict when she was growing up?’
      • ‘Chomsky himself has made some of the most deplorable, petty and doubtless sectarian attacks of any leftist I know.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, three police officers were injured when sectarian rioting erupted on the streets of north Belfast on Sunday night.’
      • ‘The IRA carried out retaliatory sectarian murders.’
      • ‘On Baghdad's streets, rumors are rife about renegade ministry of interior death squads, carrying out sectarian killings.’
      • ‘Sectarian conflict is the deliberate consequence of foreign intervention.’
      • ‘Where sectarian activity can be proven among a club's support you suspend the club's licence.’
      • ‘At least 300 people have been killed in the Poso sectarian conflicts.’
      • ‘But when sectarian dominance in any form has reared its ugly head, things have been bad.’
      • ‘The press charged that the statement contained the same poisons that ignite sectarian strife.’
      • ‘The results exposed deepening sectarian polarisation between nationalist and unionist voters.’
      • ‘Random sectarian killings slowed and more IRA men were bumped off.’
      • ‘Access to the school had been the focus of a bitter sectarian dispute last year lasting over four months.’
      • ‘Their focus has been on Kashmir or on domestic sectarian violence.’
      • ‘Even amid the worst sectarian violence, boxers here had a kind of diplomatic immunity.’
      • ‘They have carried out several sectarian murders and launched hundreds of pipe-bomb and blast bombs attacks on Catholic homes.’
    2. 1.2 Rigidly following the doctrines of a sect or other group:
      ‘the sectarian Bolshevism advocated by Moscow’
      • ‘Furthermore, a significant percentage of those organizations have been pervasively sectarian and used religious criteria in their hiring.’
      • ‘Each religion educates its young in a sectarian way, for religionists believe that to learn one specific path is sufficient and necessary.’
      • ‘By implication, black feminism is cast as sectarian in comparison with radical or socialist feminism.’
      • ‘We are still in the process of ensuring that this armament is not sectarian in nature.’
      factional, schismatic, cliquish, clannish, partisan, parti pris
      denominational
      doctrinaire, dogmatic, extreme, fanatical, rigid, inflexible, bigoted, hidebound, narrow-minded
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noun

  • 1A member of a sect:

    ‘a Jewish sectarian who preached the redemption of the Gentiles’
    • ‘One of the right's political accomplishments is bringing together diverse, once-hostile sectarians.’
    • ‘Some time later he was arrested as a " religious sectarian " and put in prison.’
    • ‘Many colonists wondered if the Protestant sectarians might not be right.’
    • ‘This, and not the subventions of hegemonic states, is what will ultimately defeat both the secular tyrannies and the religious sectarians.’
    separatist, dissenter, dissident, nonconformist, free thinker, renegade, recusant, schismatic, revisionist
    unbeliever, sceptic, agnostic, atheist, non-theist
    zealot, young turk, extremist, radical, activist, militant
    bigot, dogmatist, partisan, devotee
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    1. 1.1 A person who rigidly follows the doctrines of a sect or other group:
      ‘he became a target as a sectarian who had apparently denounced one liberal-minded reformer as ‘degenerate’’
      • ‘The, Church of England, it said, is like Christ crucified between two thieves, Papists on one side and Nonconformist sectarians on the other.’
      • ‘Unlike his predecessor, who was seen as ecumenical, Benedict is seen as a sectarian who will not reach out to other religions.’
      • ‘It's not just the radical white left or sectarians hawking papers for solidarity donations.’
      • ‘But Allende's radical sectarians must stand trial too, and for the same moral reasons.’
      • ‘Even after the Reformation extreme sectarians despised Anglican clergy as ‘magicians, sorcerers, enchanters’.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from sectary + -an, reinforced by sect.

Pronunciation

sectarian

/sɛkˈtɛːrɪən/