1 [fak-shuhn]
a group or clique within a larger group, party, government, organization, or the like: a faction in favor of big business.
party strife and intrigue; dissension: an era of faction and treason.

1500–10; < Latin factiōn- (stem of factiō) a doing, company, equivalent to fact(us) done (see fact) + -iōn- -ion

2. discord, disagreement, schism, split, friction.
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2 [fak-shuhn]
noun Informal.
a form of writing or filmmaking that treats real people or events as if they were fictional or uses them as an integral part of a fictional account.
a novel, film, play, or other presentation in this form.

1965–70; blend of fact and fiction

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faction1 (ˈfækʃən)
1.  a group of people forming a minority within a larger body, esp a dissentious group
2.  strife or dissension within a group
[C16: from Latin factiō a making, from facere to make, do]

faction2 (ˈfækʃən)
a television programme, film, or literary work comprising a dramatized presentation of actual events
[C20: a blend of fact and fiction]

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Word Origin & History

c.1500, from L. factionem (nom. factio) "political party, class of persons," lit. "a making or doing," from facere "to do" (see factitious). In ancient Rome, "one of the companies of contractors for the chariot races in the circus."
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faction definition

A group formed to seek some goal within a political party or a government. The term suggests quarrelsome dissent from the course pursued by the party or government majority: “His administration is moderate, but it contains a faction of extremists.”

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Example sentences
Give them the straight story on the power blocs in your department without
  trying to recruit them to your faction.
Someone tries to enlist you in a faction by e-mail: non-response.
There's usually a faction that distrusts the government and its motives.
Told in detail, their political history is but the unraveling of a tangle of
  faction fights and intrigues.
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