Definition of sectary in English:

sectary

noun

  • A member of a religious or political sect.

    • ‘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.’
    follower, supporter, upholder, defender, advocate, disciple, votary, partisan, member, friend, stalwart
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from modern Latin sectarius ‘schismatic’, from medieval Latin sectarius ‘adherent’, from Latin secta (see sect).

Pronunciation

sectary

/ˈsɛktəri/