in·​fight·​ing | \ ˈin-ˌfī-tiŋ How to pronounce infighting (audio) \

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 How to pronounce infight (audio) \ intransitive verb
infighter \ ˈin-​ˌfī-​tər How to pronounce infighter (audio) \ noun

Examples of infighting in a Sentence

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

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Middle Eastern airlines have also had to repeatedly adjust their routes in recent years because of conflict and political infighting. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Airlines Avoid Persian Gulf After Downed Drone," 21 June 2019 But as the date gets closer and political infighting continues to abound, the question begs to be asked — what do the astronauts think? Fox News, "Should we return to the Moon? Apollo astronauts give their thoughts," 20 July 2019 Trump and his Republican allies have sought to capitalize on Democratic infighting over racial matters that include school busing and migrant detention. Laura King,, "Trump to Democratic congresswomen: ‘Go back’ to where they came from. They’re Americans.," 14 July 2019 Underlying the calculus is a real concern among party leaders, donors and strategists that Democratic infighting could threaten their chief goal: beating Trump. Steve Peoples, The Denver Post, "New phase in 2020 presidential race tests Democrats’ aggression," 24 June 2019 But infighting as well as ideology appear to have doomed Bolton. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Trump Finally Fired John Bolton, but Does It Really Matter?," 11 Sep. 2019 For instance, quite a lot of time is spent learning about the anti-Derg resistance movement, which like all oppositional bodies has its own problems with infighting and debates over violent or nonviolent resistance. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sweetness in the Belly': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 6 Sep. 2019 There has been ample infighting and drama at the upper echelons of tennis lately to rival the Tony’s, everything from gender pay inequality to a violent assault by one of the sport’s top executives. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "The 2019 U.S. Open: A Quick Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 27 Aug. 2019 Democrats exulted at the infighting and distractions among Republicans, who enjoy an 83-67 majority in the House. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Rep. Dustin Burrows, embarrassed in ‘target list’ incident, resigns as Texas House GOP caucus chief," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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