Definition of factional in English:



  • 1Relating or belonging to a faction.

    ‘factional leaders’
    • ‘Unable to win the leadership through the factional system, he made an unprecedented break with party tradition.’
    • ‘In so doing they too have contributed to the sense in which the intellectual sphere is too fragmented and divided along factional lines for any general dialogue to be possible.’
    • ‘The controversial proposal appears to have emphasised a factional divide within the City Council.’
    • ‘I regularly hear people both inside and outside the party complain about the power and excesses of factional chieftains.’
    • ‘Above the clamour of heated factional struggle one thing is clear: not one of these factions has any progressive perspective to offer.’
    • ‘But everyone knew that the differences hinged entirely on entrenched factional interests.’
    • ‘While the exact composition of the cabinet will be determined by factional dealings now underway, it is clear that it will govern over a country on the brink of collapse.’
    • ‘Negotiations over a new constitution have brought factional wrangling and there is widespread talk of the country sliding into civil war.’
    • ‘The leadership is currently embroiled in a factional dispute so bitter that the contending groups can barely meet in the same room.’
    • ‘After meeting with various factional leaders, he claimed that he had made proposals to overcome the stalemate.’
    • ‘In any event, even grass-roots support in the party tends to be generated and organised along factional more than local lines.’
    • ‘Only recently have we seen the emergence of female factional leaders.’
    • ‘Three new national vice-presidencies were simply added to make room for factional leaders who faced being squeezed out of the party's governing body.’
    • ‘Far more threatening to the dominant factions, however, is the prospect that younger parliamentarians will ignore their factional leaders.’
    • ‘Whatever the factional differences between the delegates, it is highly likely that a majority will approve the draft constitution with minor amendments.’
    • ‘Their overriding concern has been the preservation of their own interests, against those of their factional rivals.’
    • ‘The framers considered organizing a factional interest to be both a valued right and a potentially dangerous activity.’
    • ‘The interview, as his factional backers intended, fanned a frenzy of media speculation, leaks and destabilisation.’
    • ‘Interviews among factional leaders might easily end in stormy scenes, full of tirades and tantrums.’
    • ‘When d' Aiguillon's trial began in March 1770, therefore, both the Court and the ministry were riven by personal and factional feuds.’
    schismatic, cliquish, clannish, partisan, parti pris
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    1. 1.1 Characterized by dissent.
      ‘factional conflicts’
      • ‘The issue for many of us is going to be whether or not we can win the peace, and that is, keep this country together without having factional, tribal conflicts.’
      • ‘It is fast losing influence and internal factional conflicts are tearing it apart.’
      • ‘In the capital, factional tensions have begun to reemerge.’
      • ‘Hickman also appealed to class divisions in the community, arguing that he had been the victim of factional local politics.’
      • ‘By 2000, following his retirement from electoral politics, the party was beset by factional conflict and lost still more support.’
      • ‘We appreciate that Delia takes a very factional view of the world and all the people attacked in this piece are more than welcome to respond in kind.’
      • ‘Their alliance rapidly broke down amid factional in-fighting.’
      • ‘It would appear that Canadian society is very factional, with each province having their own concerns and issues.’
      • ‘The differences resulted in a factional split in April.’
      • ‘That should have been enough to send shockwaves through the Party, following the bitter factional battle over preselection.’
      • ‘Sharp factional fights marked the recent congress of the party.’
      • ‘He warned that fresh factional fighting would erupt unless the meeting addressed key issues, such as the establishment of a new parliament.’
      • ‘The issues of the factional struggle are matters of principle which put the movement squarely before the question: To be or not to be.’
      • ‘The leaders temporarily forgot their factional conflicts to unite against what they understood as the common enemy.’
      • ‘Also, he confessed he is not fully at ease with factional wrangling inside the party and has no intention of joining any faction for now.’
      • ‘The intervention therefore sharpened factional conflict by increasing the rewards anticipated from controlling the state.’
      • ‘They face factional pressure and personal attacks, but they have still stepped up to expose the illegal conduct of their colleagues.’
      • ‘This will be a fractious and unstable government, riven by internal factional struggles and backbench rebellions.’
      • ‘This promises a factional free for all - where the ranks of the local branches have been left swollen and bloated by years of stacking.’
      • ‘A sharp factional battle has opened up in the bureaucracy over how to deal with this political instability.’
      individual, group, separate, divided, special, personal, private, exclusive, local, provincial, regional, national, sectarian, party, party political, class, racial, partisan, partial, selfish
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