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Sect, 1) a body of people united in some settled tenets: Wint. V, 1, 107. H8 V, 3, 81.
2) party, faction: “when --s and factions were newly born,” Tim. III, 5, 30. “packs and --s of great ones,” Lr. V, 3, 18.
3) class, order, rank: “all --s, all ages smack of this vice,” Meas. II, 2, 5. “as he in his particular s. and force may give his saying deed,” Hml. I, 3, 26 (Qq act and place).
4) a cutting, a scion: “whereof I take this that you call love to be a s. or scion,” Oth. I, 3, 336.
5) sex: “so is all her s.; an they be once in a calm, they are sick,” H4B II, 4, 41 (or == class?).
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