1640s, originally applied by Presbyterians to Independents, from Medieval Latin sectarius, from secta (see sect).
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mid-14c., "distinctive system of beliefs or observances; party or school within a religion," from Old French secte, sete "sect, religious community," or directly from Late Latin secta "religious group, sect in philosophy or religion," from Latin secta "manner, mode, following, school of thought," literally "a way, road, beaten path," from fem. of sectus, variant past participle of sequi "follow," from PIE root *sekw- (1) "to follow." Confused in this sense with Latin secta, fem. past participle of secare "to cut" (from PIE root *sek- "to cut"). Meaning "separately organized religious body" is recorded from 1570s.
1660s, "characterized by broad-mindedness," especially in reference to 17c. Episcopal clergymen indifferent to doctrinal details; a pseudo-Latin construction from latitude in its meaning "freedom from narrow restrictions" (c. 1600) + ending as in sectarian, etc. Also as a noun from 1660s. Related: Latitudinarianism "liberality of opinion in religion" (1670s); earlier in that sense was latitudinism (1660s).
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Definitions of sectarian
of or relating to or characteristic of a sect or sects;
belonging to or characteristic of a sect; "the negations of sectarian ideology"- Sidney Hook;
a sectarian mind
sectarian squabbles in psychology
a member of a sect;
most sectarians are intolerant of the views of any other sect
Synonyms: sectary / sectarist