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
factionalplay \ˈfak-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
factionalismplay \ˈfak-shnə-ˌli-zəm, -shə-nə-ˌliz-\ noun
factionallyplay \ˈfak-shnəl-ē, -shə-nəl-ē\ adverb
Examples of faction in a sentence
The committee soon split into factions.
several factions within the environmental movement have joined forces to save this wilderness area
Origin and Etymology of faction
Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin faction-, factio act of making, faction — more at fashion
First Known Use: 1509
Definition of -faction
: making : -fication petrifaction
Origin and Etymology of -faction
Latin -faction-, -factio (as in satisfaction-, satisfactio satisfaction)
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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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