splinter group


: a group of people that has separated from a larger group (such as a political party)

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Recent Examples on the Web That killing was believed to have been carried out by members of a splinter group who had grown disillusioned with the leadership of Shabazz. Rich Schapiro, NBC News, 12 Jan. 2024 In an unmarked laboratory stationed between the campuses of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a splinter group of scientists is hunting for the next billion-dollar drug. Rob Copeland, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2024 Those former members created their own splinter group to continue their polygamous relationships. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 10 Jan. 2024 Members of the splinter group believe that Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, who led the Chabad Lubavitch movement before his death at age 92 in 1994, is the Messiah, a claim that the mainstream Chabad movement rejects. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 9 Jan. 2024 The village was in the crosshairs of the Inquisition, seeking to crush a Gnostic splinter group known as the Cathars, whose beliefs were branded heretical by the Vatican. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2023 Yet the shooting of the detective outside a youth sports center — for which another I.R.A. splinter group swiftly took responsibility — is a reminder that in this land of ready smiles and ancient hatreds, the past is not always easy to leave behind. Mark Landler, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2023 One such splinter group was the Ismailis, who derived their name from the imam Ismail ibn Jafar. Nicholas Liu, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Oct. 2023 In what became known as the Zebra murders, a splinter group of Black Muslims killed at least 15 people at random and tried to kill at least eight others. Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2023

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“Splinter group.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splinter%20group. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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