Definition of sectarian in English:

sectarian

adjective

  • 1Denoting or concerning a sect or sects.

    ‘ethnic and sectarian differences’
    • ‘But, after the earliest period, sectarian denominations became less and less important.’
    • ‘We can point, randomly, to instances that fuelled the fire of sectarian hatred.’
    • ‘And like any church, Adventism of course has its sectarian movements and offshoots.’
    • ‘Occasionally, sectarian concerns discouraged both Protestants and Catholics from attending branches.’
    • ‘Today those closest to our violent past seem to dominate the political landscape and many remain entranced by sectarian concerns.’
    • ‘With a separatist impulse, fundamentalism turned inward; but the sectarian subculture that coalesced was resourceful and vibrant.’
    • ‘Well first of all I don't think of religion at all in sectarian terms.’
    • ‘Socialist politics are the only way to break down sectarian divisions.’
    • ‘They have been forced to hire devotees of sectarian Orthodoxy, who inevitably influence the religious orientation of their students.’
    • ‘But it has been pursued with the same sectarian, thuggish, and ultimately self-defeating spirit.’
    • ‘The truth is that the Orange Order can no longer parade in a nakedly sectarian and triumphalist fashion.’
    • ‘The demonstration spanned the city's traditional sectarian divide, with marchers coming from every area.’
    • ‘This movement transcended religious and sectarian divisions and was determined to end the US-led occupation.’
    • ‘In northern Iraq, sectarian tensions are also escalating in the wake of the referendum.’
    • ‘Sadr's decision will also exacerbate sectarian tensions between the Sunni and Shiite elite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The truth is that Northern Ireland is a state which nurtures sectarian divide and rule.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One way to avoid any kind of sectarian essentializing leading to religious fanaticism is to read these texts in comparative and inclusive ways.’
    1. 1.1 (of an action) carried out on the grounds of membership of a sect, denomination, or other group.
      ‘a sectarian attack’
      • ‘Had she ever been involved in any sectarian conflict when she was growing up?’
      • ‘I agree that sectarian clashes are a curse and there is need to bring these to an end.’
      • ‘Where sectarian activity can be proven among a club's support you suspend the club's licence.’
      • ‘Even amid the worst sectarian violence, boxers here had a kind of diplomatic immunity.’
      • ‘The press charged that the statement contained the same poisons that ignite sectarian strife.’
      • ‘But when sectarian dominance in any form has reared its ugly head, things have been bad.’
      • ‘They have carried out several sectarian murders and launched hundreds of pipe-bomb and blast bombs attacks on Catholic homes.’
      • ‘Sectarian conflict is the deliberate consequence of foreign intervention.’
      • ‘The IRA carried out retaliatory sectarian murders.’
      • ‘And as political questions move down the agenda, so cultural and purely sectarian conflicts have risen to the fore.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, three police officers were injured when sectarian rioting erupted on the streets of north Belfast on Sunday night.’
      • ‘Random sectarian killings slowed and more IRA men were bumped off.’
      • ‘Chomsky himself has made some of the most deplorable, petty and doubtless sectarian attacks of any leftist I know.’
      • ‘It would unleash bloodshed, sectarian violence and regional instability - the very things that the invasion and occupation themselves have produced.’
      • ‘The results exposed deepening sectarian polarisation between nationalist and unionist voters.’
      • ‘Their focus has been on Kashmir or on domestic sectarian violence.’
      • ‘On Baghdad's streets, rumors are rife about renegade ministry of interior death squads, carrying out sectarian killings.’
      • ‘At least 300 people have been killed in the Poso sectarian conflicts.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 Rigidly following the doctrines of a sect or other group.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      factional, schismatic, cliquish, clannish, partisan, parti pris
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noun

  • 1A member of a sect.

    • ‘One of the right's political accomplishments is bringing together diverse, once-hostile sectarians.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many colonists wondered if the Protestant sectarians might not be right.’
    separatist, dissenter, dissident, nonconformist, free thinker, renegade, recusant, schismatic, revisionist
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    1. 1.1 A person who rigidly follows the doctrines of a sect or other group.
      • ‘The, Church of England, it said, is like Christ crucified between two thieves, Papists on one side and Nonconformist sectarians on the other.’
      • ‘Even after the Reformation extreme sectarians despised Anglican clergy as ‘magicians, sorcerers, enchanters’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unlike his predecessor, who was seen as ecumenical, Benedict is seen as a sectarian who will not reach out to other religions.’
      activist, extremist, radical, enthusiast, supporter, follower, devotee, young turk, zealot, fanatic, partisan
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

sectarian

/ˌsɛkˈtɛriən//ˌsekˈterēən/