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1Denoting or concerning a sect or sects.‘ethnic and sectarian differences’
- ‘And like any church, Adventism of course has its sectarian movements and offshoots.’
- ‘Socialist politics are the only way to break down sectarian divisions.’
- ‘Today those closest to our violent past seem to dominate the political landscape and many remain entranced by sectarian concerns.’
- ‘We can point, randomly, to instances that fuelled the fire of sectarian hatred.’
- ‘Sadr's decision will also exacerbate sectarian tensions between the Sunni and Shiite elite.’
- ‘The truth is that Northern Ireland is a state which nurtures sectarian divide and rule.’
- ‘The demonstration spanned the city's traditional sectarian divide, with marchers coming from every area.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But, after the earliest period, sectarian denominations became less and less important.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In northern Iraq, sectarian tensions are also escalating in the wake of the referendum.’
- ‘Occasionally, sectarian concerns discouraged both Protestants and Catholics from attending branches.’
- ‘Well first of all I don't think of religion at all in sectarian terms.’
- ‘With a separatist impulse, fundamentalism turned inward; but the sectarian subculture that coalesced was resourceful and vibrant.’
- ‘This movement transcended religious and sectarian divisions and was determined to end the US-led occupation.’
- ‘The truth is that the Orange Order can no longer parade in a nakedly sectarian and triumphalist fashion.’
- ‘But it has been pursued with the same sectarian, thuggish, and ultimately self-defeating spirit.’
- 1.1 (of an action) carried out on the grounds of membership of a sect, denomination, or other group.‘a sectarian attack’
- ‘The press charged that the statement contained the same poisons that ignite sectarian strife.’
- ‘The IRA carried out retaliatory sectarian murders.’
- ‘The results exposed deepening sectarian polarisation between nationalist and unionist voters.’
- ‘Had she ever been involved in any sectarian conflict when she was growing up?’
- ‘And as political questions move down the agenda, so cultural and purely sectarian conflicts have risen to the fore.’
- ‘On Baghdad's streets, rumors are rife about renegade ministry of interior death squads, carrying out sectarian killings.’
- ‘Their focus has been on Kashmir or on domestic sectarian violence.’
- ‘Meanwhile, three police officers were injured when sectarian rioting erupted on the streets of north Belfast on Sunday night.’
- ‘It would unleash bloodshed, sectarian violence and regional instability - the very things that the invasion and occupation themselves have produced.’
- ‘Where sectarian activity can be proven among a club's support you suspend the club's licence.’
- ‘But when sectarian dominance in any form has reared its ugly head, things have been bad.’
- ‘At least 300 people have been killed in the Poso sectarian conflicts.’
- ‘Sectarian conflict is the deliberate consequence of foreign intervention.’
- ‘Even amid the worst sectarian violence, boxers here had a kind of diplomatic immunity.’
- ‘Chomsky himself has made some of the most deplorable, petty and doubtless sectarian attacks of any leftist I know.’
- ‘He and his gang were planning to carry out random sectarian assassinations on Catholics in Belfast.’
- ‘Access to the school had been the focus of a bitter sectarian dispute last year lasting over four months.’
- ‘I agree that sectarian clashes are a curse and there is need to bring these to an end.’
- ‘Random sectarian killings slowed and more IRA men were bumped off.’
- ‘They have carried out several sectarian murders and launched hundreds of pipe-bomb and blast bombs attacks on Catholic homes.’
- 1.2 Rigidly following the doctrines of a sect or other group.
factional, schismatic, cliquish, clannish, partisan, parti prisdenominationaldoctrinaire, dogmatic, extreme, fanatical, rigid, inflexible, bigoted, hidebound, narrow-mindedView synonyms
- ‘We are still in the process of ensuring that this armament is not sectarian in nature.’
- ‘Each religion educates its young in a sectarian way, for religionists believe that to learn one specific path is sufficient and necessary.’
- ‘Furthermore, a significant percentage of those organizations have been pervasively sectarian and used religious criteria in their hiring.’
- ‘By implication, black feminism is cast as sectarian in comparison with radical or socialist feminism.’
1A member of a sect.
separatist, dissenter, dissident, nonconformist, free thinker, renegade, recusant, schismatic, revisionistunbeliever, sceptic, agnostic, atheist, non-theistzealot, young turk, extremist, radical, activist, militantbigot, dogmatist, partisan, devoteeView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Some time later he was arrested as a " religious sectarian " and put in prison.’
- ‘One of the right's political accomplishments is bringing together diverse, once-hostile sectarians.’
- 1.1 A person who rigidly follows the doctrines of a sect or other group.
- ‘Even after the Reformation extreme sectarians despised Anglican clergy as ‘magicians, sorcerers, enchanters’.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The, Church of England, it said, is like Christ crucified between two thieves, Papists on one side and Nonconformist sectarians on the other.’
- ‘But Allende's radical sectarians must stand trial too, and for the same moral reasons.’
Mid 17th century: from sectary + -an, reinforced by sect.
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