sectarian

Sectarian is a word to describe something having to do with smaller groups or sects. Sectarian violence, for example, would describe violence that has erupted between conflicting groups or sects.

Sectarian, as a noun, is a member of a group with a particular set of interests. If you're a religious sectarian, you are loyal to a particular religious sect or group. Unfortunately, there are not many places in the world where sectarian strife and conflict do not exist.

Definitions of sectarian
  1. adjective
    of or relating to or characteristic of a sect or sects
    sectarian differences”
  2. adjective
    belonging to or characteristic of a sect
    “a sectarian mind”
    “"the negations of sectarian ideology"- Sidney Hook”
    sectarian squabbles in psychology”
    Synonyms:
    denominational
    adhering or confined to a particular sect or denomination
    narrow-minded
    rigidly adhering to a particular sect or its doctrines
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    Antonyms:
    nonsectarian, unsectarian
    not restricted to one sect or school or party
    ecumenic, ecumenical, oecumenic, oecumenical
    concerned with promoting unity among churches or religions
    interchurch, interdenominational
    occurring between or among or common to different churches or denominations
    nondenominational
    not restricted to a particular religious denomination
    undenominational
    not bound or devoted to the promotion of a particular denomination
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  3. noun
    a member of a sect
    “most sectarians are intolerant of the views of any other sect”
    synonyms: sectarist, sectary
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    type of:
    bigot
    a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own
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