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Definition relating to a sect or sects; or a member of a sect
  • The common factor in their various perspectives is the perception that religion need not be studied from a sectarian or partisan standpoint but may be approached impartially, as a subject for scholarly investigation.
    Religion - MSN Encarta  --  http://encarta.msn.com/text_761565187___0/Religion.html (retrieved 05/21/06)
  • With her little, pedagogic sectarianism she remembered that Catholics do not do this thing.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • It was before the sectarian roundups began in earnest.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • I never did believe in sectarian jealousies.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • This thing with Franny is strictly non-sectarian.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • They do not set up any sectarian principles of their own, by which to shape and mould the proletarian movement.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • The sectarian churches came in swinging, cocky and loud and confident.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • It was not to be the temple of any particular creed, but an interdenominational, non-sectarian monument to religion, a cathedral of faith, open to all.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It is a non-sectarian program emphasizing the love of God and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and drug abstinence.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • "Ah, you are as bad as the other sectarians," she exclaimed; "why do you call your republic a republic?
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Like failed sectarian suicides.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • The settlers of New England were at the same time ardent sectarians and daring innovators.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • But in order that it may be confronted on universal grounds, rather than sectarian, we had better review one further example, equally celebrated, of the archetypal event.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • "You see," Brother Jack said with a grin, "we've always avoided these leaders, but the moment we start to advance on a broad front, sectarianism becomes a burden to be cast off.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Passionate faith I am suspicious of because it hangs witches and burns heretics, and generally I am more in sympathy with the witches and heretics than with the sectarians who hang and burn them.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • Had he felt the need of an implicit faith amid the welter of sectarianism and the jargon of its turbulent schisms, six principle men, peculiar people, seed and snake baptists, supralapsarian dogmatists?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • We can understand the emotions generated by Northern Ireland's troubles, but we cannot really believe, as we approach the 21st century, there is not a better way forward to the future than murder, terrorism and sectarian hatred.
    Tony Blair  --  First Address to Irish Parliament From a British PM
  • He convinced Mortenson to stay at an inexpensive guest house he knew in Islamabad, in a much safer location than his old standby, the Khyaban, where sectarian bomb blasts had begun terrorizing the neighborhood nearly every Friday after Juma prayers.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • For while Mrs. Griffiths was first canvassing the churches and ministers of this section for aid for her son, and getting very little from any quarter, she had met the Rev. Duncan McMillan in Syracuse, where he was conducting an independent, non-sectarian church.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • At that distant day, there was a dreary isolation in the civilized Christian society of these realms for families that had dropped below their original level, unless they belonged to a sectarian church, which gets some warmth of brotherhood by walling in the sacred fire.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss

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