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faction

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noun fac·tion \ˈfak-shən\

Simple Definition of faction

  • : a group within a larger group that has different ideas and opinions than the rest of the group

Full Definition of faction

  1. 1 :  a party or group (as within a government) that is often contentious or self-seeking :  clique

  2. 2 :  party spirit especially when marked by dissension

fac·tion·al play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
fac·tion·al·ism play \-shnə-ˌli-zəm, -shə-nə-ˌliz-\ noun
fac·tion·al·ly play \-ē\ adverb

Examples of faction

  1. The committee soon split into factions.

  2. <several factions within the environmental movement have joined forces to save this wilderness area>



Origin of faction

Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin faction-, factio act of making, faction — more at fashion


First Known Use: 1509

Rhymes with faction


-faction

noun combining form fac·tion

Definition of -faction

  1. :  making :  -fication <petrifaction>



Origin of -faction

Latin -faction-, -factio (as in satisfaction-, satisfactio satisfaction)



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