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1. Etymology

The term sect (German Sekte, French secte, Italian setta) comes from Latin secta, whose etymological root is not Latin secare (cut off, separate) but sequi (follow). In its original sense, the word had a range of meanings that was gradually lost in the early modern period: besides religious groups, secta in the sense of “followers” designated political parties, philosophical teachings, and legal schools. Central to the original use of th…

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Sarx, Tobias, “Sect”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027389>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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