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

Definition of infighting

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

Other Words from infighting

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

Examples of infighting in a Sentence

continued infighting has just completely robbed that political action committee of its effectiveness
Recent Examples on the Web Masimov has been regarded as a key ally of Kazakhstan's former president, and the announcement came amid continued signs of infighting among the country's political elite. Arkansas Online, 9 Jan. 2022 The reconciliation package, which would lower the cost of health care and childcare, and help fight climate change, still faces an uncertain future in the Senate after months of infighting among Democrats. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 26 Nov. 2021 The shadow of the 2015 migrant crisis, which led to years of political upheaval and infighting among European leaders, means migration is still a delicate topic in the EU, and Ryan believes Moscow is trying to exploit that. Adam Shaw, Fox News, 11 Nov. 2021 With the primary election season running from March through September, GOP infighting is likely to dominate the narrative for months even as Trump’s role in national politics probably still continues to grow. Steve Peoples, Will Weissert, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Dec. 2021 Democrats are already capitalizing on the GOP infighting. Meg Cunningham, ABC News, 6 Dec. 2021 The infighting hurt the state’s chances of getting more federal money. Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Are Democrats hurting themselves politically with all of the infighting surrounding the two massive spending bills under consideration? Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Oct. 2021 Both factions insist their efforts are what will actually make the president’s campaign promises reality and help the party in the midterm elections, even as the infighting means the future of either package is unknown. Lindsay Wise, WSJ, 2 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of infighting

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of infighting was in 1816

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16 Jan 2022

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“Infighting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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