Major denominations and religions of the world

A sect is a subgroup of a religious, political, or philosophical belief system, usually an offshoot of a larger group. Although the term was originally a classification for religious separated groups, it can now refer to any organization that breaks away from a larger one to follow a different set of rules and principles.

In an Indian context, sect refers to an organized tradition.[1]


A Catalogue of the Severall Sects and Opinions in England and other Nations: With a briefe Rehearsall of their false and dangerous Tenents. Broadsheet. 1647

The word sect comes from the Latin noun secta (a feminine form of a variant past participle of the verb sequi, to follow[2]), meaning "a way, road", and figuratively a (prescribed) way, mode, or manner, and hence metonymously, a discipline or school of thought as defined by a set of methods and doctrines. The present gamut of meanings of sect has been influenced by confusion with the homonymous (but etymologically unrelated) Latin word secta (the feminine form of the past participle of the verb secare, to cut).[2]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Sekte
العربية: طائفة
aragonés: Secta
asturianu: Secta
azərbaycanca: Sekta
বাংলা: ফেরকা
беларуская: Секта
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Сэкта
български: Секта
català: Secta
čeština: Sekta
Cymraeg: Sect
dansk: Sekt
Deutsch: Sekte
ދިވެހިބަސް: މަޒުހަބު
eesti: Sekt
Ελληνικά: Σέκτα
español: Secta
Esperanto: Sekto
euskara: Sekta
فارسی: فرقه دینی
français: Secte
galego: Seita
한국어: 분파
hrvatski: Sekta
Ido: Sekto
Bahasa Indonesia: Sekte
interlingua: Secta
italiano: Setta
ქართული: სექტა
қазақша: Секта
Кыргызча: Диний секта
latviešu: Sekta
Lëtzebuergesch: Sekt
lietuvių: Sekta
magyar: Szekta
Nederlands: Sekte
日本語: セクト
Norfuk / Pitkern: Sekt
norsk: Sekt
norsk nynorsk: Sekt
occitan: Sècta
polski: Sekta
português: Seita
română: Sectă
русский: Секта
Scots: Sect
shqip: Sekti
Simple English: Sect
slovenčina: Sekta
slovenščina: Sekta
српски / srpski: Секта
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Sekta
svenska: Sekt
Tagalog: Sekta
тоҷикӣ: Мазҳаб
Türkçe: Mezhep
українська: Секта
اردو: فرقہ
Tiếng Việt: Môn phái
中文: 派系