in·​fight·​ing | \ ˈin-ˌfī-tiŋ \

Definition of infighting

1 : fighting or boxing at close quarters
2 : rough-and-tumble fighting
3 : prolonged and often bitter dissension or rivalry among members of a group or organization bureaucratic infighting

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Other Words from infighting

infight \ ˈin-​ˌfīt \ intransitive verb
infighter \ ˈin-​ˌfī-​tər \ noun

Examples of infighting in a Sentence

continued infighting has just completely robbed that political action committee of its effectiveness

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Shot documentary-style and inspired by articles based on the memoirs of a real-life gangster, the series chronicles the decades-long infighting among cutthroat gangs in Hiroshima after the nuclear bombing. New York Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘In a World …’ and ‘The Workers Cup’," 9 July 2018 The hire comes as Facebook’s upper ranks undergo a major upheaval, which has contributed to infighting between Mr. Zuckerberg and other senior executives over the direction of the company. Deepa Seetharaman, WSJ, "Facebook Turns to U.K. Politician to Help Repair Its Image," 19 Oct. 2018 In Israel, the fiery threats against Hamas have been coupled with concern over being dragged into an unnecessary escalation that may have more to do with Palestinian infighting. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Gaza rocket hits home in Israel, military strikes back," 17 Oct. 2018 House Republican leaders abruptly postponed voting on a compromise immigration measure amid ongoing infighting between conservatives and moderates. Lisa Mascaro,, "House will delay vote on GOP compromise immigration bill until Friday," 21 June 2018 While all three Democrats agree McClintock has to go, their infighting isn’t making that any easier. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "California Dems target Tom McClintock’s House seat for flipping," 31 May 2018 Plus, a look at how the Democratic Party is struggling to define itself amid party infighting between centrists and the new political left., "Texas Runoffs Headline Tuesday Elections (Audio)," 21 May 2018 As adults, the siblings have earned a reputation over their infighting, which has spilled into rancorous lawsuits over heirlooms including their father's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize. Errin Haines Whack,, "50 years after MLK's death, his children are still grieving," 3 Apr. 2018 In 1964, other Saudi royals dethroned Prince Mohammed’s uncle, King Saud, who had bankrupted the kingdom and sparked infighting within the royal family. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Rethinking Saudi Arabia," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of infighting

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of infighting was in 1816

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English Language Learners Definition of infighting

: fighting or disagreement among the members of a group or organization

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