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
Recent Examples of faction from the Web
Others, including Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, lead a faction pushing a U.S. exit.
No one has claimed responsibility, but Hekmatyar has serious rivalries with multiple Afghan militant factions.
A range of factions is vying for the right to define Trumpism—anti-war isolationists, economic nationalists, conservative populists.
Ryckman, who supports a two-bracket plan, said that no faction in the House can get to 63 votes on its own, which makes compromise a necessity.
In return, the warring West Wing team, beset by factions and infighting, has rewarded him with a constant stream of unflattering leaks and speculation.
The women’s center was named for Dalal Mughrabi, a member of the Fatah faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO.)
Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, paramilitary factions that operate with support from Iran, regularly deploy DJI’s Phantom 4 drone to scan an area for Islamic State positions and car bombs.
Drug sales are a regular sight, and nearby streets are claimed by competing gang factions.
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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
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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