Definition of factionalize in US English:


(British factionalise)


[no object]
  • (especially of a political party or other organized group) split or divide into factions.

    ‘there was a tendency for students to factionalize’
    • ‘But it can also be argued, as Radosh does not, that the guerrillas were simply too factionalized and ideologically divided to animate a mass movement.’
    • ‘The present army and police force, which are highly factionalised, are in no position to challenge regional warlords.’
    • ‘Yet, when we factionalize, we become distracted by our own machinations, and we forget that no one group of women is more valid or significant than another.’
    • ‘These differences created centrifugal pressures toward internecine conflict that factionalized the movement into disparate groups.’
    • ‘Breezers have skidded into one of the two-wheeled world's most factionalized debates: the argument between ‘vehicular’ and ‘facilities’ riders.’
    • ‘This leaves ample room for centrifugal ideological differences that tend to factionalize movements’
    • ‘This is a warning shot for a very disorganised, factionalised left.’
    • ‘‘It is possible to make heavily researched history readable without fictionalising or factionalising the facts by using the story-teller's narrative technique,’ he insists.’
    • ‘The national council which voted on the charges is a highly factionalised body, with the vote on his expulsion being along factional lines.’
    • ‘Another important reason why so many of them are currently disengaged from the struggle for social change relates to frustration over the factionalised political system which is premised upon patron-client relations.’
    • ‘Would they factionalise and segment, or unify?’
    • ‘The Eihei temple, factionalized and concerned with maintaining the purity of its tradition, languished for a time, while the faction that went with Gikai out of the temple flourished.’
    • ‘The hostile consensus on him has, for the moment, given his factionalised party a veneer of unity under his leadership.’
    • ‘The book establishes the legitimacy of Agnes, not a legitimacy she already had but one she would need as a foreign-born empress in a factionalized court, many of whose members would remain loyal to the emperor's first daughter.’
    • ‘However, the rebels are deeply factionalised and only a small portion are believed to follow his direction.’
    • ‘We are factionalized, and we worship different gods.’
    • ‘The remaining true humans had by this time colonized a different planet, named it ‘New Earth,’ and quickly factionalized along the old nationalistic lines that had caused so much war in the first place.’
    disunite, drive apart, break up, split up
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