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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But infighting as well as ideology appear to have doomed Bolton. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Trump Finally Fired John Bolton, but Does It Really Matter?," 11 Sep. 2019 For instance, quite a lot of time is spent learning about the anti-Derg resistance movement, which like all oppositional bodies has its own problems with infighting and debates over violent or nonviolent resistance. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sweetness in the Belly': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 6 Sep. 2019 There has been ample infighting and drama at the upper echelons of tennis lately to rival the Tony’s, everything from gender pay inequality to a violent assault by one of the sport’s top executives. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "The 2019 U.S. Open: A Quick Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 27 Aug. 2019 Democrats exulted at the infighting and distractions among Republicans, who enjoy an 83-67 majority in the House. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Rep. Dustin Burrows, embarrassed in ‘target list’ incident, resigns as Texas House GOP caucus chief," 16 Aug. 2019 Yet, infighting among businesses in the field remains an obstacle to growth. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "Frozen for eternity: Can you really cheat death?," 26 July 2019 The transportation plan comes after years of infighting among Republicans over road funding. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP transportation plan would allow handful of legislators to impose vehicle fees of any amount," 7 June 2019 One day, tariffs on $150 billion of imports from China appeared imminent, the next they were put on pause amid infighting by the president’s trade negotiation team. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "The Economy Can Handle Steel and Aluminum Tariffs. The Real Risk Is Erratic Policy.," 31 May 2018 In recent years, the small eastern Mediterranean country has buckled under ballooning public debt, a decaying infrastructure and political infighting. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "Newspaper devotes entire issue to 'wake-up call' for the country," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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