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
The deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, a former union leader turned businessman who is seeking to succeed Mr Zuma, leads a separate faction that has called for the new charter to be reconsidered.
A member of Ishiba’s faction was more direct in his criticism of party leadership.
But most Berkeley students have zero interest in being part of a standoff between two radical factions whose grievances have everything to do with their own egos and nothing to do with the stakes of this critical moment.
The strategy probably still is to appease the conservative extremists at the expense of the moderate faction.
Fourth, the collection of various Sunni jihadi networks, including the Islamic State, various al Qaida affiliates, and any number of smaller factions.
Whatever territory ISIS loses must go to a player in a zero-sum competition among all Syria’s other warring factions.
Some factions within the F.B.I. were not in Comey’s corner—
Most of those elements began as Taliban factions that turned against the mainstream group.
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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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