sect

[14] Despite its similarity to section and sector, sect has nothing to do with ‘cutting’. It comes via Old French secte from Latin secta, which denoted literally a ‘following’, hence a ‘faction of supporters’ (it was a noun use of sectus, an archaic past participle of sequī ‘follow’, from which English gets sequence, sue, etc). Set ‘group’ is ultimately the same word as sect. => SECOND, SEQUEL, SEQUENCE, SET, SUE, SUIT
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   The term for a subdivision of a religious group derives from Latin secta, 'following,' 'faction,' itself from a form of the verb sequi, 'to follow' (English sequence). The basic idea is of a group of people following a leader or a certain set of principles.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • Sect — (s[e^]kt), n. [F. secte, L. secta, fr. sequi to follow; often confused with L. secare, sectum, to cut. See {Sue} to follow, and cf. {Sept}, {Suit}, n.] Those following a particular leader or authority, or attached to a certain opinion; a company… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sect — sect, sectarianism The sociology of religion developed a model of religious organization which is referred to as the ‘church sect typology’. As originally formulated by Max Weber (The Sociology of Religion, 1922) and Ernst Troeltsch (The Social… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • Sect — (s[e^]kt), n. [L. secare, sectum, to cut.] A cutting; a scion. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -sect — [sekt] 〚< L sectus, pp. of secare, to cut: see SAW1〛 combining form forming adjectives cut, separated [pinnatisect] * * * sect suff. 1. To cut; divide: trisect. 2. Cut; divided …   Universalium

  • sect — [sekt] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: secte group, sect , from Latin secta way of life, type of people , from sequi to follow ] a group of people with their own particular set of beliefs and practices, especially within or separated… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sect — (n.) c.1300, distinctive system of beliefs or observances; party or school within a religion, from O.Fr. secte, from L.L. secta religious group, sect, from L. secta manner, mode, following, school of thought, lit. a way, road, from fem. of sectus …   Etymology dictionary

  • sect — sect1 [sekt] n. [ME secte < MFr < L secta, path, way, method, party, faction, in LL(Ec), doctrine, sect < sequi, to follow: see SEQUENT] 1. a religious body or denomination, esp. a small group that has broken away from an established… …   English World dictionary

  • Sect — (verderbt aus Sec, v. ital. Vino secco, d.i. trockener Wein, Trockenbeerwein), 1) der Name mehrer starken, süßen Weine, bes. wenn sie aus fast trockenen (gewelkten) Beeren gekeltert sind u. daher die genannten Eigenschaften in höherem Grade… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Sect — Sect, heißen mehrere Sorten starker spanischer Weine. Zu den besten gehört der Xeres , Malaga , Kanarien und Palmsect …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • Sect — nennen die Engländer mehre starke, süße span. Weine (von secco, trocken, weil aus überreifen, halbgetrockneten Trauben bereitet) …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • sect — index class, denomination, side, society, split Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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