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secta , ae, f. part. perf. of seco, sc. via, v. seco, I. C. 2., and II. B. fin.; prop.,
I.a trodden or beaten way, a path; footsteps; hence, trop., a (prescribed) way, mode, manner, method, principles of conduct or procedure (syn.: ratio, via, etc.); most freq. in the phrase sectam (alicujus) sequi (persequi, etc.), to follow in the footsteps (of any one); hence, also, sectam (alicujus) secuti, a party, faction, sect.
II. In partic., doctrines, school, sect (not freq. until the post-Aug. per.; syn.: schola, disciplina).
B. In jurisprudence: “hi duo primum veluti diversas sectas fecerunt,schools, Dig. 1, 2, 2, § 47.—
C. In medicine, a school: “alia est Hippocratis secta, alia Asclepiadis,Sen. Ep. 95, 9.—
D. In religion, a sect, Cod. Just. 1, 9, 3: “plurimae sectae et haereses,Lact. 4, 30, 2: “Nazaraenorum,Vulg. Act. 24, 5.—
E. Rarely of a class or guild of men: “sincera et innoxia pastoriae illius sectae integritas,Flor. 3, 12, 2.—
F. In Appul., a band of robbers, App. M. 4, pp. 150, 29, and 153, 22.
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