religious sect

Definitions of religious sect
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n a subdivision of a larger religious group

Synonyms:
religious order, sect
Types:
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sisterhood
a religious society of women who live together as sisters (especially an order of nuns)
Albigenses, Cathari, Cathars
a Christian religious sect in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; believers in Albigensianism
High Anglican Church, High Church
a group in the Anglican Church that emphasizes the Catholic tradition (especially in sacraments and rituals and obedience to church authority)
Abecedarian
a 16th century sect of Anabaptists centered in Germany who had an absolute disdain for human knowledge
Amish sect
an orthodox Anabaptist sect separated from the Mennonites in late 17th century; settled chiefly in southeastern Pennsylvania
Karaites
a Jewish sect that recognizes only the Hebrew Scriptures as the source of divinely inspired legislation and denies the authority of the postbiblical tradition of the Talmud; the sect arose in Iraq in the eighth century
Shia, Shiah, Shiah Islam
one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam; mainly in Iran
Sunni, Sunni Islam
one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam
Shivaism, Sivaism
a Hindu sect worshiping Shiva
Saktism, Shaktism
a Hindu sect worshiping Shakti
Vaishnavism, Vaisnavism
Hindu sect worshiping of Vishnu
Haredi
any of several sects of Orthodox Judaism that reject modern secular culture and many of whom do not recognize the spiritual authority of the modern state of Israel
Hare Krishna, ISKCON, International Society for Krishna Consciousness
a religious sect founded in the United States in 1966; based on Vedic scriptures; groups engage in joyful chanting of `Hare Krishna' and other mantras based on the name of the Hindu god Krishna; devotees usually wear saffron robes and practice vegetarianism and celibacy
Jainism
sect founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism
Taoism
a Chinese sect claiming to follow the teaching of Lao-tzu but incorporating pantheism and sorcery in addition to Taoism
Kokka, Kokka Shinto
the branch of Shinto recognized as the official state religion of Japan
Shua, Shuha Shinto
any branch of Shinto other than Kokka
brethren
(plural) the lay members of a male religious order
monastic order, order
a group of person living under a religious rule
Quakers, Religious Society of Friends, Society of Friends
a Christian sect founded by George Fox about 1660; commonly called Quakers
Shakers, United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing
a celibate and communistic Christian sect in the United States
Vaudois, Waldenses
a Christian sect of dissenters that originated in southern France in the late 12th century adopted Calvinist doctrines in the 16th century
Zurvanism
a Zoroastrian sect that claims Zurvan was the ultimate source of the universe
Augustinian order
any of several monastic orders observing a rule derived from the writings of St. Augustine
Benedictine order, order of Saint Benedict
a Roman Catholic monastic order founded in the 6th century; noted for liturgical worship and for scholarly activities
Carmelite order, Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
a Roman Catholic mendicant order founded in the 12th century
Carthusian order
an austere contemplative Roman Catholic order founded by St. Bruno in 1084
Dominican order
a Roman Catholic order of mendicant preachers founded in the 13th century
Franciscan order
a Roman Catholic order founded by Saint Francis of Assisi in the 13th century
Jesuit order, Society of Jesus
a Roman Catholic order founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1534 to defend Catholicism against the Reformation and to do missionary work among the heathen; it is strongly committed to education and scholarship
Type of:
faith, organized religion, religion
an institution to express belief in a divine power

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