in·​fight·​ing ˈin-ˌfī-tiŋ How to pronounce infighting (audio)
: prolonged and often bitter dissension or rivalry among members of a group or organization
bureaucratic infighting
: rough-and-tumble fighting
: fighting or boxing at close quarters
infight intransitive verb
infighter noun

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of infighting was in 1816

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“Infighting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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