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factional

[fak-shuh-nl] /ˈfæk ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
of a faction or factions.
2.
self-interested; partisan:
Factional interests had obstructed justice.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; faction1 + -al1
Related forms
factionalism, noun
factionalist, noun
interfactional, adjective
unfactional, adjective
Can be confused
factional, factious, fractious.
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Examples for factionalism
  • In early territorial politics, factionalism and prejudice ruled the day.
  • The degree to which political or regional factionalism or armed conflicts are adversely affecting government of the country.
  • The appointed trustees have not demonstrated the factionalism that had occurred among locally elected board members.
  • Frequent internal splits have produced great factionalism.
Word Origin and History for factionalism
n.

1904, American English, from factional + -ism.

factional

adj.

1640s, from faction + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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