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Noun sect has 2 senses
  1. sect, religious sect, religious order - a subdivision of a larger religious group
    --1 is a kind of religion, faith
    --1 has parts: convent
    --1 has particulars:
     sisterhood; Albigenses, Cathars, Cathari; High Church, High Anglican Church; Abecedarian; Amish sect; Shiah, Shia, Shiah Islam, the Shiites; Sunni, the Sunnites; Shivaism, Sivaism; Shaktism, Saktism; Vaishnavism, Vaisnavism; Haredi; Hare Krishna, International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON; Jainism; Taoism; Kokka Shinto, Kokka; Shuha Shinto, Shua; brethren; order, monastic order; Religious Society of Friends, Society of Friends, Quakers; Shakers, United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing; Zurvanism
  2. faction, sect - a dissenting clique
    --2 is a kind of clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack, camp
    --2 has particulars:
     splinter group; left, left wing; right, right wing; old guard; pro-choice faction; pro-life faction
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