faction

noun
fac·​tion | \ ˈfak-shən How to pronounce faction (audio) \

Definition of faction

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a party or group (as within a government) that is often contentious or self-seeking : clique The committee soon split into factions.
2 : party spirit especially when marked by dissension faction, or the irreconcilable conflict of parties— Ernest Barker

Definition of -faction (Entry 2 of 2)

: making : -fication petrifaction

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Other Words from faction

Noun

factional \ ˈfak-​shnəl How to pronounce factional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
factionalism \ ˈfak-​shnə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce factionalism (audio) , -​shə-​nə-​ˌliz-​ \ noun
factionally \ ˈfak-​shnəl-​ē How to pronounce factionally (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Synonyms for faction

Synonyms: Noun

bloc, block, body, coalition, party, sect, set, side, wing

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Examples of faction in a Sentence

Noun

The committee soon split into factions. several factions within the environmental movement have joined forces to save this wilderness area

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Religious factions, including Muslim and Eastern Orthodox groups, object to the pig farm – pork, of course, is forbidden in Jewish and Muslim law. Stephen Silver, sun-sentinel.com, "In ‘Holy Lands,’ James Caan plays a pig farmer in Israel," 26 June 2019 Expect to deal with warring factions, difficult moral quandaries, and hard choices over what gear to wear. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 40 games we can’t wait to play in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 Those rosters revealed several different potential fault lines that could divide a team into ossified factions, called in-groups and out-groups, and hinder its performance. Ben Reiter, SI.com, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 The remarks could signal that public pressure is forcing Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing faction, which has been a staunch supporter of Lam on the extradition issue, to speak out against it. Mike Ives, BostonGlobe.com, "After protests, Hong Kong’s leader faces more calls to delay bill," 14 June 2019 Meanwhile, Islamist groups, including then-Al Qaeda affiliate Al Nusra Front, flush with money from Persian Gulf nations, proved to be the most disciplined and effective factions against Assad. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "Syrian rebel leader’s death spurs debate about his legacy," 11 June 2019 Her friends would rally around her; soon the house would be split into factions, the living room dedicated to whispering and side-eyes, the front stoop to yelling and wide gestures with cigarettes in hand. Aimée Lutkin, Curbed, "Losing a home you’ve already left," 6 June 2019 This has meant that a growing faction, made up largely of a younger generation of Hong Kongers, is questioning the rationale behind the Tiananmen vigil. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The generations are warring in Hong Kong over the memory of Tiananmen," 3 June 2019 The environmental faction, which includes the Center for Biological Diversity, says the Forest Service has violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and other laws. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of faction

Noun

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for faction

Noun

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French faccion, borrowed from Latin factiōn-, factiō "act of making, social set, band, group, self-seeking political group," from facere "to make, bring about, place, classify" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at fact

Note: A doublet of faction is fashion entry 1, from the Gallo-Romance outcome of Latin factiō, which maintains only the meaning "act of making," sparsely attested outside of early Latin except in legal use.

Noun combining form

borrowed from Latin -factiōn-, -factiō (as in satisfactiōn-, satisfactiō satisfaction)

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The first known use of faction was in 1509

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faction

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English Language Learners Definition of faction

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

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