One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of a religious or political sect.
follower, supporter, upholder, defender, advocate, disciple, votary, partisan, member, friend, stalwartView synonyms
- ‘Rashid, whose own Islam is a civil and humane affair, is revolted by these tribal sectaries.’
- ‘Steve Bainbridge's post, discussed below, cites Russell Kirk's famous insult of libertarians as ‘chirping sectaries.’’
- ‘It was, for Tories, unthinkable to have a national church with sectaries outside.’
- ‘A comprehensive national Church embracing all but a small number of sectaries and papists would have been a very different matter from a restricted religious establishment, co-existing with large numbers of nonconformists.’
- ‘During his army years Bunyan witnessed the struggle between Presbyterians, who wanted to reform the Church of England, and radical sectaries.’
Mid 16th century: from modern Latin sectarius ‘schismatic’, from medieval Latin sectarius ‘adherent’, from Latin secta (see sect).
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