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Either from the French sectaire or directly from its etymon, the Medieval Latin sectārius, from secta (sect). Cognates include the Italian settario and the Portuguese and Spanish sectario.


sectary (plural sectaries)

  1. A member of a particular sect, school of thought or practice, party, or profession.
    • 1953, T.V. Smith, “Democratic Apologetics” in Ethics LXIII, № 2 (January 1953), page 106, left column:
      It is this spirit which inspires sectaries to deprecate the public schools and, if they cannot divert part of the tax support, then to foist upon this free system the shadow of their own beclouded vision.
    Synonyms: sectarian
  2. A Protestant dissenter or nonconformist.


Further reading[edit]

  • sectary at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • sectary in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911