One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small organized dissenting group within a larger one, especially in politics.‘the left-wing faction of the party’
clique, coterie, caucus, cabal, bloc, camp, group, grouping, side, sector, section, wing, arm, branch, division, contingent, set, ring, lobbyView synonyms
- ‘Violence and intimidation were almost daily occurrences as the various factions vied for territory.’
- ‘In my office, there are two warring factions maintaining an uneasy truce.’
- ‘These days the factions hate one other, for the most part, simply because they have always hated one another.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Close friendships between boarders and day boys was rare; both factions preferred their own.’
- ‘Most, if not all, of the contentious points have been resolved by the factions in the House.’
- ‘Since then, factions of moderates and hardliners have battled within the movement.’
- ‘The two also have not reached an agreement as to how to deal with the other armed factions.’
- ‘At the site, battle soon erupted between three different rival factions.’
- ‘Pedro used these powers when he could not compel political factions or parties to do his bidding.’
- ‘His father was able to control the various cliques and factions through nepotism and bribes.’
- ‘Not the least of the current president's successes has been to keep the diverse factions of his party united.’
- ‘The candidates of the various factions of this one party system rely on vast sums of money to prevail.’
- ‘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 worrying thing is that it's other factions within that same team who are doing the whispering.’
- ‘Keeping the warring factions behaving in a civilised fashion can be a very difficult job.’
- ‘The idea of a competition for power among political factions was regarded with distaste.’
- ‘The country suffered as various factions within the ruling elite lobbied for power.’
- 1.1 A state of conflict within an organization; dissension.
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, schismView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘The most interesting features of federalist thought have to do with the suppression of faction.’
- ‘Do you feel that whole idea of faction within the Union movement is breaking down?’
- ‘Forgetfulness breeds ingratitude; ingratitude breeds faction; and faction leads to civil war.’
Late 15th century (denoting the action of doing or making something): via French from Latin factio(n-), from facere ‘do, make’.
A literary and cinematic genre in which real events are used as a basis for a fictional narrative or dramatization.
- ‘No, I'll tell you several stories that will help explain the difference between fact and fiction and its composite, faction.’
- ‘Here we have a literary form that attempts to bridge the gap between fact and fiction, or faction, something like historical fiction.’
1960s: blend of fact and fiction.
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