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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or characteristic of a sect.
  • adjective Adhering or confined to the dogmatic limits of a sect or denomination; partisan.
  • adjective Narrow-minded; parochial.
  • noun A member of a sect.
  • noun One characterized by bigoted adherence to a factional viewpoint.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun One of a sect; especially, a person who attaches excessive importance or is bigotedly attached to the tenets and interests of a sect.
  • noun Synonyms See heretic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • adjective Pertaining to a sect, or to sects; peculiar to a sect; bigotedly attached to the tenets and interests of a denomination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, or relating to a sect.
  • adjective Dogmatic or partisan.
  • adjective Parochial or narrow-minded.
  • adjective Bigoted.
  • noun A member of a sect.
  • noun A bigot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or relating to or characteristic of a sect or sects
  • noun a member of a sect
  • adjective belonging to or characteristic of a sect

Etymologies

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From Medieval Latin sectarius +‎ -an

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