faction

noun
fac·​tion | \ ˈfak-shən How to pronounce faction (audio) \

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 How to pronounce factional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
factionalism \ ˈfak-​shnə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce factionalism (audio) , -​shə-​nə-​ˌliz-​ \ noun
factionally \ ˈfak-​shnəl-​ē How to pronounce factionally (audio) , -​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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Nazir helped me keep track of the latest faction to boycott the prime minister and which new militia was splintering off from the last new militia. Sandra Sidi, The Atlantic, "The Male Gaze on Steroids," 6 Sep. 2019 The Chinese factions have noted this is not good for the ecosystem, and appear to be determined to avoid a similar situation in China. Rob Schwartz, Billboard, "Chinese Music Industry Reacts to Tencent Music Investigation," 29 Aug. 2019 His appearance suggested that FARC groups in restive Cauca could heed the faction's call to arms. Author: Dylan Baddour, Anthony Faiola, Anchorage Daily News, "As Colombia peace accord unravels, ex-FARC leaders say they’ll return to armed conflict," 29 Aug. 2019 Inside Rome, the Spoleto faction loyal to Lambert rebelled and imprisoned Pope Formosus in the Castel Sant’Angelo. National Geographic, "In 897, the corpse of a pope was exhumed—to be put on trial.," 20 Aug. 2019 His ineptitude may yet spur the two factions toward a productive rapprochement. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Idea of Selective Citizenship," 21 July 2019 Both factions have international supporters, with the LNA backed by Egypt, Russia and Saudi Arabia. Fox News, "French missiles found on rogue Libyan general’s base," 10 July 2019 Britain suffers from an over-mighty executive; Italy from chronically weak government; Israel from small, domineering factions. The Economist, "American democracy’s built-in bias towards rural Republicans," 12 July 2018 Just a few weeks later, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the declaration of war, the isolationist faction in Congress had the wind taken out of its sails. Noah Isenberg, The New Republic, "Making the Movies Un-American," 3 July 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

noun

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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