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  • n. Rigid adherence to a particular sect, party or denomination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

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

  • n. a narrow-minded adherence to a particular sect or party or denomination


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  • The term sectarianism originated with the Protestant Reformation starting in the 1500s.

    Chip Berlet: Abstaining from Bad Sects

  • 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!

    The Caxtons — Volume 09

  • 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.

    Global Voices in English » Pakistan: Prachinar, The Valley Of Death

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Aug 26, 2007

  • Al-Sumaria Iraqi satellite TV station yesterday, al-Maliki called sectarianism "the root of Iraq problems."

    Elections - fresh news by

  • The French president says he rejects the idea of sectarianism and self-confinement.

    Brandon Sun Online - Top Stories

  • 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?

    Slugger O'Toole

  • So, let's say one wants to criticize Obama on the basis of his Niebuhrianism - is this possible, without lapsing into so-called sectarianism?

    An und für sich

  • He calls sectarianism "our generation's original sin."

    Green Baggins


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