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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Underlying this political fiasco—the years of unsatisfactory negotiations with Brussels, the cabinet infighting in the U.K., the high-profile political resignations, the humiliating legislative defeats—is one reality. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "A ‘No Deal’ Brexit Can Save the European Union," 17 Jan. 2019 Nauert may be moving to New York, but she won’t be far removed from the Washington infighting in the Trump administration, because the presence of National Security Adviser and former UN Ambassador John Bolton still looms large. Jen Kirby, Vox, "State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert may be the next UN ambassador," 1 Nov. 2018 Some of them are the result of new experimental priorities and decades of scientific advance, and some of them are due to plain old scientific infighting. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "In Search of New Rules to Protect Other Worlds From Earth's Cooties," 2 July 2018 An effort to pass an immigration overhaul Thursday was delayed amid Republican infighting in the House. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Morning Spin: Rauner praises Trump for executive order halting family separations, calls for immigration reform," 22 June 2018 The United States Space Command, which existed from 1985 to 2002, only consolidated its control over military space programs in the mid-1990s due to bureaucratic infighting. Bryan Nakayama, Fortune, "3 Reasons Trump’s New Space Force Would Be a Disaster," 21 June 2018 In a West Wing rife with infighting, Sanders is one of few who is generally well-liked and respected by her colleagues that constantly leak damaging information on one another to reporters. Jeff Zeleny, CNN, "Sanders' challenge: Maintaining credibility, while staying loyal to Trump," 7 June 2018 The company has endured infighting among executives and directors in recent years as some of its private-equity backers grew dissatisfied with the direction of the company. Dana Mattioli, WSJ, "Private-Equity Firm Great Hill Partners in Talks to Buy Gizmodo Media Group," 15 Feb. 2019 This would be helpful to Democrats not just for the opportunity to gross out female voters already feeling icky about the GOP but also to intensify Republican infighting on the subject. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Will a justice delayed be a justice denied?," 19 Sep. 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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