infighting

noun
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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The infighting cast an unwelcome spotlight on Mr. Johnson’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds, who previously worked as communications director for the Conservative Party. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Instead of Regaining Momentum, Johnson Is Stalled at Home Again," 16 Nov. 2020 The pitch in my internal interview was getting out of the Beltway and writing stories about average Americans and leaving the congressional infighting to this horde of reporters here. Meredith Blake Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Trump makes so many false claims, CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale has lost count," 30 Oct. 2020 But the dispute between the two lawmakers illustrates the painful infighting to the end as some Democratic leaders pushed to undo a centuries-old practice that Virginia shares only with Kentucky, while others resisted. Washington Post, "‘Revolutionary’ criminal sentencing change passes in Virginia," 23 Oct. 2020 In Spain, which has the most infections on the continent, infighting has bogged down the virus response. Raymond Colitt, Bloomberg.com, "Europe’s Virus Woes Sharpen Clash Over Big-City Restrictions," 1 Oct. 2020 In recent years monthly board meetings have been punctuated by acrimony and infighting. Nina Agrawal, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Community College District: 3 incumbents, 1 newcomer take early leads," 3 Nov. 2020 The political fault lines that crisscross the region seem quieter than usual and political infighting appears to have subsided. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "What a Trump or a Biden win would mean for the Middle East," 1 Nov. 2020 Behind the scenes, the person said, there is tension and infighting. Tyler Pager, Bloomberg.com, "Biden Aides See Warning Signs in Black, Latino Turnout So Far," 30 Oct. 2020 In recent months, a national unity government that was formed to address the pandemic has been mired in infighting, with authorities issuing unclear and sometimes contradictory guidelines, leading much of the public to disregard the risk. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "Israel tightens second lockdown as coronavirus cases soar," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of infighting

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Infighting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infighting. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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infighting

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How to pronounce infighting (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of infighting

: fighting or disagreement among the members of a group or organization

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