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(derived more probably from Lat. sequi, “to follow,” than from secare, “to cut”). The following of some leader. In a narrow sense, a group that has separated from an older group by following another leader; or a group within a group (in this sense the Pharisees and Sadducees are called sects within Judaism; Acts 5:17; 26:5). In a wide sense, all religious bodies are sometimes referred to as sects.

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