sectarianism

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Etymology[edit]

sectarian +‎ -ism

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /sekˈteəɹi.ənɪzəm/

Noun[edit]

sectarianism (countable and uncountable, plural sectarianisms)

  1. Rigid adherence to a particular sect, denomination, ideology, or party.
    They were discussing sectarianism between Shias and Sunnis.
  2. (politics) A political system in which power is shared among religious sects based on a constitutional formula distributing public offices among these sects
    In Lebanese sectarianism, one half of the members of parliament are Christians and the other half are Muslims.

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