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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But experimentation, failure, politics, and infighting seem to be inescapable elements of any ambitious human endeavor. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Where Can Climate Activists Find Common Ground?," 9 July 2018 At the same, for political opponents, the uneasy aftermath of Merkel's standoff with Seehofer hardly represented a change from a new coalition defined by frequent stalemates and infighting., "Merkel prevents breakup of German government with immigration deal," 2 July 2018 During the Year of the Four Emperors, when intrigue and infighting rocked the empire, was the government still minting money? Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Greenland’s Ice Provides a Year-By-Year Account of the Roman Empire’s Economy," 16 May 2018 James could be pivotal in the two legged tie, given his fine run of form this season and lead Bayern to another historic treble at the end of a season of managerial crisis and infighting., "Spanish Report Claims Bayern Munich's On-Loan Superstar Is Set for Sensational Switch to Barcelona," 19 Apr. 2018 The bottom line is that there’s really no evidence Democrats nationally are suffering from too many primaries or too much infighting. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The CA Democrats Aren’t In Disarray," 1 Mar. 2018 Freeman argues that infighting within the Trump administration has left an incoherent, at best, policy towards China. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Why Trump Wants to Save Jobs in China," 14 May 2018 Trade policy has also been the subject of vicious infighting within the White House. Time, "The Real Trade War Is Inside Donald Trump's White House," 7 Mar. 2018 From the opening scenes onward LaBruce shows how the cell is vulnerable to infighting and infiltration. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Lesbian revolutionaries smash sexual taboos to undermine the patriarchy in Bruce LaBruce's The Misandrists," 6 July 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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