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Dictionary Definition

faction

Noun

1 a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue [syn: cabal, junto, camarilla]
2 a dissenting clique [syn: sect]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

/fækʃən/ or /fækʃn/

Etymology 1

factio, noun of process from perfect passive participle factus, from facere to do, to make

Noun

  1. A group of people who express a shared belief or opinion different from people who are not part of the group.
  2. Strife; discord.
    • 1805, Englisches Lesebuch Für Kaufleute, Johann Georg Cleminius, pg. 188:
      Publick [sic] affairs soon fell into the utmost confusion, and in this state of faction and perplexity, the island continued, until its re-capture by the French in 1779.
    • 2001, "Concord and Peace": A Rhetorical Analysis of the First Letter of Clement With an Emphasis on the Language of Unity and Sedition, Odd Magne Bakke, publ. Mohr Siebeck, ISBN 3161476379, pg. 89:
      He asks the audience if they believe that they will be more loved by the gods if the city is in a state of faction than if they govern the city with good order and concord.
Translations
Spanish: ho-el

Etymology 2

Noun

  1. A form of literature, film etc., that treats real people or events as if they were fiction; a mix of fact and fiction
Related terms

Extensive Definition

Faction or factionalism can refer to:
faction in Simple English: Faction

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

American Party, Anti-Monopoly Party, Bull Moose Party, Communist Party, Conservative Party, Constitutional Union Party, Democratic Party, Democratic-Republican Party, Farmer-Labor Party, Federalist Party, Free Soil Party, Greenback Party, Know-Nothing Party, Labour Party, Liberal Party, Liberal Republican Party, Liberty Party, National Republican Party, Populist Party, Progressive Party, Prohibition Party, Republican Party, Socialist Labor Party, Socialist Party, Socialist Workers Party, Tammany Hall, Tory Party, Whig Party, affiliation, age group, aggressiveness, antagonism, argumentation, band, battalion, bellicosity, belligerence, bevy, bickering, bloc, body, branch, breakaway group, brigade, bunch, cabal, cadre, camarilla, camp, cast, caucus, church, circle, city hall, clannishness, clanship, clash, clashing, clique, cliqueyness, cliquishness, cliquism, coalition, cohort, combativeness, combine, communion, community, company, complement, conflict, contention, contentiousness, contingent, contradiction, controversy, corps, coterie, covey, crew, crowd, denomination, denominationalism, detachment, detail, difference, disaccord, disaccordance, disagreement, discord, discordance, discordancy, discrepancy, disharmony, disparity, dissension, dissent, dissidence, dissonance, disunion, disunity, divergence, diversity, division, esprit de corps, ethnic group, ethnocentricity, exclusiveness, factionalism, factiousness, fellowship, flak, fleet, gang, group, grouping, groupment, in-group, inaccordance, inequality, infighting, interest, interest group, intrigue, irascibility, irritability, jarring, junta, junto, litigiousness, lobby, machine, major party, minor party, minority group, mob, movement, multiple party system, negation, offshoot, one-party system, opposition, opposition party, oppugnancy, order, organization, out-group, outfit, pack, part, partiality, partisan spirit, partisanism, partisanship, party, party in power, party spirit, peer group, persuasion, phalanx, platoon, political machine, political party, posse, pressure group, pugnacity, quarrelsomeness, regiment, religious order, repugnance, rift, ring, rupture, salon, schism, school, sect, sectarianism, sectarism, sectionalism, sedition, segment, set, shrewishness, side, silent majority, society, splinter, splinter group, splinter party, split, squad, stable, strife, string, team, third party, tribe, troop, troupe, two-party system, unharmoniousness, variance, variety, version, vocal minority, wing
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