Main definitions of faction in English

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faction1

noun

  • 1A small organized dissenting group within a larger one, especially in politics.

    ‘the left-wing faction of the party’
    • ‘The candidates of the various factions of this one party system rely on vast sums of money to prevail.’
    • ‘Keeping the warring factions behaving in a civilised fashion can be a very difficult job.’
    • ‘Violence and intimidation were almost daily occurrences as the various factions vied for territory.’
    • ‘Pedro used these powers when he could not compel political factions or parties to do his bidding.’
    • ‘Most, if not all, of the contentious points have been resolved by the factions in the House.’
    • ‘The country suffered as various factions within the ruling elite lobbied for power.’
    • ‘These days the factions hate one other, for the most part, simply because they have always hated one another.’
    • ‘Close friendships between boarders and day boys was rare; both factions preferred their own.’
    • ‘The House factions must work together to find at least a win-win solution to the deadlock.’
    • ‘Suffice it to say that I come from a large family, in which three different political factions existed.’
    • ‘The idea of a competition for power among political factions was regarded with distaste.’
    • ‘Since then, factions of moderates and hardliners have battled within the movement.’
    • ‘At the site, battle soon erupted between three different rival factions.’
    • ‘The worrying thing is that it's other factions within that same team who are doing the whispering.’
    • ‘The two also have not reached an agreement as to how to deal with the other armed factions.’
    • ‘His father was able to control the various cliques and factions through nepotism and bribes.’
    • ‘In my office, there are two warring factions maintaining an uneasy truce.’
    • ‘With him gone, the factions are all fighting to gain the upper hand in a well and truly divided Cabinet.’
    • ‘Diplomacy, as you would expect from an executive answering to two family factions, is a Kiely strong suit.’
    • ‘Not the least of the current president's successes has been to keep the diverse factions of his party united.’
    clique, coterie, caucus, cabal, bloc, camp, group, grouping, side, sector, section, wing, arm, branch, division, contingent, set, ring, lobby
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    1. 1.1mass noun Dissension within an organization.
      ‘a council increasingly split by faction’
      • ‘Do you feel that whole idea of faction within the Union movement is breaking down?’
      • ‘They should instead realize that faction and division are healthy for democracy and necessary for intellectual growth.’
      • ‘What leads us into faction is passion, which is the ability of feeling to overwhelm thought, and interest, which is the ability of need and desire to overwhelm thought.’
      • ‘Forgetfulness breeds ingratitude; ingratitude breeds faction; and faction leads to civil war.’
      • ‘The most interesting features of federalist thought have to do with the suppression of faction.’
      infighting, dissension, dissent, dispute, discord, strife, contention, conflict, friction, argument, difference of opinion, disagreement, controversy, quarrelling, wrangling, bickering, squabbling, disputation, falling-out, debate, division, divisiveness, clashing, disharmony, disunity, variance, rupture, tumult, turbulence, upheaval, dissidence, rebellion, insurrection, sedition, mutiny, schism
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Origin

Late 15th century (denoting the action of doing or making something): via French from Latin factio(n-), from facere ‘do, make’.

Pronunciation

faction

/ˈfakʃ(ə)n/

Main definitions of faction in English

: faction1faction2

faction2

noun

mass noun
  • A literary and cinematic genre in which real events are used as a basis for a fictional narrative or dramatization.

    ‘the current vogue for faction seems about to overwhelm narrative history’
    • ‘Here we have a literary form that attempts to bridge the gap between fact and fiction, or faction, something like historical fiction.’
    • ‘No, I'll tell you several stories that will help explain the difference between fact and fiction and its composite, faction.’

Origin

1960s: blend of fact and fiction.

Pronunciation

faction

/ˈfakʃ(ə)n/