faction

noun
fac·​tion | \ ˈfak-shən \

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 , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
factionalism \ ˈfak-​shnə-​ˌli-​zəm , -​shə-​nə-​ˌliz-​ \ noun
factionally \ ˈfak-​shnəl-​ē , -​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

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Indeed, some China experts fear that the U.S., by adopting a more adversarial approach, weakens China’s reformers and strengthens its nationalist factions, making conflict more likely. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Trump Didn’t Kill the Global Trade System. He Split It in Two.," 26 Dec. 2018 The losses illustrate an ongoing concern from rural or suburban factions that worry measures like this will only benefit big cities and neglect the needs of smaller municipalities. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Transit on the ballot: How cities voted to fund transportation," 7 Nov. 2018 But unfortunately, this means retail workers (a faction that makes up 6% of the country's employment system) have to work longer hours on a day specially dedicated to labor appreciation. Katie Robinson, Town & Country, "7 Surprising Labor Day Facts," 31 July 2018 The prince has also faced fierce criticism over the Yemen war, which has devolved into fighting between a patchwork of factions including elements of al Qaeda and Islamic State. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Rocket Barrage Threatens Timid Hopes for Peace in Yemen," 29 Nov. 2018 Upstate New York locales like White River can be home to a remarkable assortment of social and political factions. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Hate Thy Neighbor. Or Maybe Just Kill Him.," 6 July 2018 Kulongoski retained the support of other key factions including environmentalists and ultimately won both the primary and general election. Hillary Borrud, OregonLive.com, "Kate Brown poised for easy win in Democratic primary, thanks to union support," 5 May 2018 Those who lived at the first mission were primarily the Payayas — one of many factions of Native Americans collectively known as Coahuiltecans. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s ‘birthday week’ begins Tuesday," 30 Apr. 2018 Britain is no Greece, but its Brexit faction is reckoning with the consequences of its own economic-policy shortcomings. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Road to a Bad Brexit," 10 Dec. 2018

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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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