Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being sectarian; adherence to a separate religious sect or party; especially, excessive partizan or denominational zeal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or character of a sectarian; devotion to the interests of a party; excess of partisan or denominational zeal; adherence to a separate church organization.
- n. a narrow-minded adherence to a particular sect or party or denomination
“The term sectarianism originated with the Protestant Reformation starting in the 1500s.”
“Then, for that vice of the mind which I call sectarianism, -- not in the religious sense of the word, but little, narrow prejudices, that make you hate your next-door neighbor because he has his eggs roasted when you have yours boiled; and gossipping and prying into people's affairs, and backbiting, and thinking heaven and earth are coming together if some broom touch a cobweb that you have let grow over the window-sill of your brains what like a large and generous, mildly aperient (I beg your pardon, my dear) course of history!”
“First of all congratulations on doing such a great job of planting the seeds of awareness in the hearts of so many that sectarianism is self defeating.”
“The question has to do with the problem we know as sectarianism that often occurs between comrades of the leftwing parties.”
“ALLAWI: Unless the government decides to embark on a course of national unity or national reconciliation, on getting away from sectarianism, which is crushing the Iraqi people, it's very difficult to rejoin the government.”
“Al-Sumaria Iraqi satellite TV station yesterday, al-Maliki called sectarianism "the root of Iraq problems.”
“The French president says he rejects the idea of sectarianism and self-confinement.”
“If, as some contend, what we blythly call sectarianism is really a form of anti Irish or anti British racism, why is anyone surprised when it transmutates into something more recognisably the real thing?”
“So, let's say one wants to criticize Obama on the basis of his Niebuhrianism - is this possible, without lapsing into so-called sectarianism?”
“He calls sectarianism "our generation's original sin.”
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