A sect is a group with distinctive religious, political or philosophical beliefs, often an offshoot of a larger religious group. Although in past it was mostly used to refer to religious groups, it has since expanded and in modern culture can refer to any organization that breaks away from a larger one to follow a different set of rules and principles. The term is occasionally used in a malicious way to suggest the broken-off group follows a more negative path than the original. The historical usage of the term sect in Christendom has had pejorative connotations, referring to a group or movement with heretical beliefs or practices that deviate from those of groups considered orthodox.
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... Old Israel (Staroizrail) was a 19th-century sect founded in the 1830s by Perfil Katasonov, a disciple of Abbakum Kopylov, the founder of the Postniki (Fasters) sect, as the result of ... The sect disintegrated into various spin-off sects, among them New Israel, at the death of its founder ...
... Sociologically, a "sect" is defined as a newly formed religious group that formed to protest elements of its parent religion (generally a denomination) ... the formation of a new sect) tend to come from a lower socio-economic class than the members of the parent denomination, a component of sect development that is not yet entirely understood ... Most scholars believe that when sect formation involves social class distinctions, they reflect an attempt to compensate for deficiencies in lower social status ...
... Axel Michaels writes in his book about Hinduism that in an Indian context the word sect does not denote a split or excluded community, but rather an ... according to Michaels, Indian sects do not focus on heresy, since the lack of a center or a compulsory center makes this impossible – instead, the focus is on adherents and followers ...
... See also Beggars' Sect Chen Youliang (traditional Chinese 陳友諒 simplified Chinese 陈友谅 Mandarin Pinyin Chén Yǒuliàng Jyutping Can4 Jau5-loeng6) is Cheng Kun's apprentice ... He serves the Beggars' Sect as a spy for his master, and manipulates Song Qingshu into betraying Wudang ... Chinese 史火龙 Mandarin Pinyin Shí Huǒlóng Jyutping Si2 Fo2-lung4) is the sect's chief ...
... Shortly after joining the sect, Magdalena took over ... two fans, tired of the sexual abuse, wanted to leave the sect, the other believers, prisoners of fear, were charged before the "high priests ... The two sect members were lynched by the terrified adherents ...
More definitions of "sect":
- (noun): A dissenting clique.
Famous quotes containing the word sect:
“Every sect is a moral check on its neighbour. Competition is as wholesome in religion as in commerce.”
—Walter Savage Landor (17751864)
“Thus Pyrrhonism is not a sect of people who are persuaded of what they say, but it is a sect of liars.”
—Antoine Arnauld (16121694)
“He who begins by loving Christianity better than truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.”
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge (17721834)