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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Decades later, the case remains the bloodiest chapter in the history of the Gucci family itself, which has a long legacy of infighting, with many lawsuits and counter-suits stretching back between relatives. Adam Carlson,, "Hit Man in the House of Gucci: Behind the Twisted Murder Plot That Brought Down a Fashion Mogul," 12 July 2018 The hope is that working with neighbors from the start would avoid some of the infighting seen in Miami Beach, a city struggling to convince some of its residents to support its anti-flooding plans. Alex Harris And Joey Flechas, miamiherald, "This Miami street could be the blueprint for how the city handles sea level rise," 28 June 2018 But California’s primary system and the infighting in both parties have created a uniquely difficult situation for Democrats. Tara Golshan, Vox, "In California, Democrats might have blown their shot against “Putin’s favorite congressman”," 1 June 2018 In practice, the forces who report to Mr. Haftar, who now has adopted the rank of Field Marshal, are a coalition of disparate militias, fueling fears of infighting in the areas formerly under his control. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Attack in Libya Raises Fears of Power Struggle," 18 Apr. 2018 From its start in 2016, Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has been harried to the point of derangement by Conservative Party infighting over Britain’s impending departure from the European Union. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Finding the Right Right for Europe," 5 July 2018 The department has been paralyzed by political infighting over the role of private care for veterans, an issue that former VA Secretary David Shulkin says led to his ouster. Fox News, "Trump's pick to head VA: Time to 'shake up' department," 27 June 2018 But now there are reports of tense infighting at the White House over how to reunite families. NBC News, "Meet the Press - June 24, 2018," 24 June 2018 As opposed to caucus infighting over a vote on the fate of DREAMers — just one of many issues that must be addressed — why not embrace conservative, comprehensive immigration reform now? Jeb Bush, Time, "Jeb Bush: Delaying Immigration Reform Is a Missed Opportunity for Republicans," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of infighting

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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