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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 of factional
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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  • The sources of this factionalism were varied, and some of them had little to do with the affairs of Virginia.

  • But within five years the order was rent by factionalism and in 1878 was acknowledged to be dead.

    The Armies of Labor Samuel P. Orth
  • This factionalism contributed largely to the overthrow of the radicals.

    The Sequel of Appomattox Walter Lynwood Fleming
  • factionalism is a class spirit which will sacrifice the interest of the whole to the interest of the class.

    Ethics in Service William Howard Taft
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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