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SECTARIAN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sectarian mean? 

SECTARIAN (noun)
  The noun SECTARIAN has 1 sense:

1. a member of a sect

  Familiarity information: SECTARIAN used as a noun is very rare.


SECTARIAN (adjective)
  The adjective SECTARIAN has 2 senses:

1. of or relating to or characteristic of a sect or sects
2. belonging to or characteristic of a sect

  Familiarity information: SECTARIAN used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SECTARIAN (noun)


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Meaning:

A member of a sect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

sectarian; sectarist; sectary

Context example:

most sectarians are intolerant of the views of any other sect

Hypernyms ("sectarian" is a kind of...):

bigot (a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own)


SECTARIAN (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of or relating to or characteristic of a sect or sects

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

sectarian differences

Pertainym:

sect (a dissenting clique)


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Meaning:

Belonging to or characteristic of a sect

Context examples:

a sectarian mind / the negations of sectarian ideology / sectarian squabbles in psychology

Similar:

denominational; partisan (adhering or confined to a particular sect or denomination or party)

narrow-minded (rigidly adhering to a particular sect or its doctrines)

Antonym:

nonsectarian (not restricted to one sect or school or party)


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