Meaning of “sect” in the English Dictionary

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"sect" in British English

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sectnoun [ C ]

uk /sekt/ us /sekt/ usually disapproving

a religious group that has separated 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.

(Definition of “sect” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sect" in American English

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sectnoun [ C ]

us /sekt/

a religious group with beliefs that make it different from a larger or more established religion it has separated from:

a Christian sect

A sect is also a small group of people who share a particular set of political beliefs.

(Definition of “sect” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)