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English definition of “sect”

sect

noun [C]     /sekt/ usually disapproving
a religious group that has developed from a larger religion and is considered to have extreme or unusual beliefs or customs : When he was 16 he ran away from home and joined a religious sect.Religions and religious groupsChristian denominations
(Definition of sect noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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