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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sect /ˈsɛkt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sect n.  Those following a particular leader or authority, or attached to a certain opinion; a company or set having a common belief or allegiance distinct from others; in religion, the believers in a particular creed, or upholders of a particular practice; especially, in modern times, a party dissenting from an established church; a denomination; in philosophy, the disciples of a particular master; a school; in society and the state, an order, rank, class, or party.
 He beareth the sign of poverty,
 And in that sect our Savior saved all mankind.   --Piers Plowman.
 As of the sect of which that he was born,
 He kept his lay, to which that he was sworn.   --Chaucer.
    The cursed sect of that detestable and false prophet Mohammed.   --Fabyan.
    As concerning this sect [Christians], we know that everywhere it is spoken against.   --Acts xxviii. 22.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sect n.  A cutting; a scion. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a subdivision of a larger religious group [syn: religious
           sect, religious order]
      2: a dissenting clique [syn: faction]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    (Gr. hairesis, usually rendered "heresy", Acts 24:14; 1 Chr.
    11:19; Gal. 5:20, etc.), meaning properly "a choice," then "a
    chosen manner of life," and then "a religious party," as the
    "sect" of the Sadducees (Acts 5:17), of the Pharisees (15:5),
    the Nazarenes, i.e., Christians (24:5). It afterwards came to be
    used in a bad sense, of those holding pernicious error,
    divergent forms of belief (2 Pet. 2:1; Gal. 5:20).