faction

noun fac·tion \ ˈfak-shən \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of faction

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

factional

play \ˈfak-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

factionalism

play \ˈfak-shnə-ˌli-zəm, -shə-nə-ˌliz-\ noun

factionally

play \ˈfak-shnəl-ē, -shə-nᵊl-ē\ adverb

Examples of faction in a Sentence

  1. The committee soon split into factions.

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

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Origin and Etymology of faction

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

faction Synonyms


-faction

noun combining form

Definition of -faction

: making : -fication
  • petrifaction

Origin and Etymology of -faction

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


FACTION Defined for English Language Learners

faction

noun

Definition of faction for English Language Learners

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



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