1. adjective /sɛkˈtɛəriən,sɛkˈtɛriən/
a) Of, or relating to a sect.
b) Dogmatic or partisan.
2. noun /sɛkˈtɛəriən,sɛkˈtɛriən/
a) A member of a sect.
b) A bigot.
See Also: sectarianism, sectarianize

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