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[fak-shuh n] /ˈfæk ʃən/
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.
Origin of faction1
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.


[fak-shuh n] /ˈfæk ʃən/
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for factions
  • There are other forms of freezing out, bullying, and creating factions.
  • The first is that he has severely disabled the system of factions which had long run the party.
  • Showing favoritism in your decision making will almost certainly create factions in the department.
  • Of course, you're in an area where there are many armed factions floating around.
  • The current line between vegetarians and meat-eaters will split into dozens of factions.
  • Our country is currently demoralized and riven by factions.
  • There is a cognitive disconnect between the factions here.
  • But that would happen only if party factions could compete openly before facing the electorate.
  • The nations of the world broke from the path of increasing integration and lined up in competing factions.
  • Elected governments bow to the demands of selfish factions and interest groups.
British Dictionary definitions for factions


a group of people forming a minority within a larger body, esp a dissentious group
strife or dissension within a group
Derived Forms
factional, adjective
factionalism, noun
factionalist, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin factiō a making, from facere to make, do


a television programme, film, or literary work comprising a dramatized presentation of actual events
Word Origin
C20: a blend of fact and fiction
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Word Origin and History for factions



c.1500, from Middle French faction (14c.) and directly from Latin factionem (nominative factio) "political party, class of persons," literally "a making or doing," from past participle stem of 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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factions in Culture

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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