from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a sect.
- adj. Adhering or confined to the dogmatic limits of a sect or denomination; partisan.
- adj. Narrow-minded; parochial.
- n. A member of a sect.
- n. One characterized by bigoted adherence to a factional viewpoint.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, or relating to a sect.
- adj. Dogmatic or partisan.
- adj. Parochial or narrow-minded.
- adj. Bigoted.
- n. A member of a sect.
- n. A bigot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to a sect, or to sects; peculiar to a sect; bigotedly attached to the tenets and interests of a denomination.
- n. One of a sect; a member or adherent of a special school, denomination, or religious or philosophical party; one of a party in religion which has separated itself from established church, or which holds tenets different from those of the prevailing denomination in a state.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a sect or sects; peculiar to a sect: as, sectarian interests; sectarian principles.
- That inculcates the particular tenets of a sect: as, sectarian instruction; a. sectarian book.
- Of or pertaining to one who is bigotedly attached to a particular sect; characterized by or characteristic of bigoted attachment to a particular sect or its teachings, interests, etc.
- n. One of a sect; especially, a person who attaches excessive importance or is bigotedly attached to the tenets and interests of a sect.
- n. Synonyms See heretic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of a sect or sects
- n. a member of a sect
- adj. belonging to or characteristic of a sect
The deployment last year of Iraqi troops, who were widely perceived locally as Shi'ite Arab outsiders, prompted the Sunni mayor of Tal Afar to tender his resignation in protest at what he described as a sectarian operation.
BLITZER: That seems to be a significant -- almost three years into this war, it's not only an insurgency that's undermining the U. S.-led effort, but now it's turning into what he calls sectarian violence.
But this has to do, partly, with what I call sectarian self-esteem in Lebanon.
I have no interest in trading insults with you however you should look up the word sectarian before you reply.
U.K. and other foreign troops, and by other Iraqis in sectarian violence, Peter Bagnall, who analyzed the documents for Iraq Body Count, said in an interview.
Given that Sunnis and Shiites were engaged in sectarian violence that amounted to civil war not three years ago, these developments are not beneficial to what is a very socially fragile state.
He added that he "could not get comfortable" with the way the Pentagon calculated such a steep drop in sectarian violence.
There is some indication that certain sectarian biases go well with certain adult beverages; for example, I understand that Calvinism is good with scotch and that Russian Orthodoxy is excellent when mixed with vodka.
Even the Bishop of Vienna investigated the Association headquarters to find out the true nature of YMCA work and determine whether the secretaries were involved in sectarian propaganda.
Numerous times, trained Iraqis have turned against American forces or taken part in sectarian violence.