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.’
    • ‘The controversial proposal appears to have emphasised a factional divide within the City Council.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Interviews among factional leaders might easily end in stormy scenes, full of tirades and tantrums.’
    • ‘Negotiations over a new constitution have brought factional wrangling and there is widespread talk of the country sliding into civil war.’
    • ‘Only recently have we seen the emergence of female factional leaders.’
    • ‘Whatever the factional differences between the delegates, it is highly likely that a majority will approve the draft constitution with minor amendments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The interview, as his factional backers intended, fanned a frenzy of media speculation, leaks and destabilisation.’
    • ‘I regularly hear people both inside and outside the party complain about the power and excesses of factional chieftains.’
    • ‘After meeting with various factional leaders, he claimed that he had made proposals to overcome the stalemate.’
    • ‘Their overriding concern has been the preservation of their own interests, against those of their factional rivals.’
    • ‘In any event, even grass-roots support in the party tends to be generated and organised along factional more than local lines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The framers considered organizing a factional interest to be both a valued right and a potentially dangerous activity.’
    • ‘The leadership is currently embroiled in a factional dispute so bitter that the contending groups can barely meet in the same room.’
    • ‘When d' Aiguillon's trial began in March 1770, therefore, both the Court and the ministry were riven by personal and factional feuds.’
    • ‘Far more threatening to the dominant factions, however, is the prospect that younger parliamentarians will ignore their factional leaders.’
    • ‘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.’
    schismatic, cliquish, clannish, partisan, parti pris
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    1. 1.1 Characterized by dissent.
      ‘factional conflicts’
      • ‘Hickman also appealed to class divisions in the community, arguing that he had been the victim of factional local politics.’
      • ‘The intervention therefore sharpened factional conflict by increasing the rewards anticipated from controlling the state.’
      • ‘Their alliance rapidly broke down amid factional in-fighting.’
      • ‘The leaders temporarily forgot their factional conflicts to unite against what they understood as the common enemy.’
      • ‘This promises a factional free for all - where the ranks of the local branches have been left swollen and bloated by years of stacking.’
      • ‘By 2000, following his retirement from electoral politics, the party was beset by factional conflict and lost still more support.’
      • ‘The differences resulted in a factional split in April.’
      • ‘It would appear that Canadian society is very factional, with each province having their own concerns and issues.’
      • ‘They face factional pressure and personal attacks, but they have still stepped up to expose the illegal conduct of their colleagues.’
      • ‘A sharp factional battle has opened up in the bureaucracy over how to deal with this political instability.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the capital, factional tensions have begun to reemerge.’
      • ‘He warned that fresh factional fighting would erupt unless the meeting addressed key issues, such as the establishment of a new parliament.’
      • ‘That should have been enough to send shockwaves through the Party, following the bitter factional battle over preselection.’
      • ‘This will be a fractious and unstable government, riven by internal factional struggles and backbench rebellions.’
      • ‘It is fast losing influence and internal factional conflicts are tearing it apart.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sharp factional fights marked the recent congress of the party.’
      • ‘The issues of the factional struggle are matters of principle which put the movement squarely before the question: To be or not to be.’
      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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