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faction1

[fak-shuh n] /ˈfæk ʃən/
noun
1.
a group or clique within a larger group, party, government, organization, or the like:
a faction in favor of big business.
2.
party strife and intrigue; dissension:
an era of faction and treason.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; < Latin factiōn- (stem of factiō) a doing, company, equivalent to fact(us) done (see fact) + -iōn- -ion
Synonyms
2. discord, disagreement, schism, split, friction.

faction2

[fak-shuh n] /ˈfæk ʃən/
noun, Informal.
1.
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.
2.
a novel, film, play, or other presentation in this form.
Origin
1965-70; blend of fact and fiction
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British Dictionary definitions for factions'

faction1

/ˈfækʃən/
noun
1.
a group of people forming a minority within a larger body, esp a dissentious group
2.
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

faction2

/ˈfækʃən/
noun
1.
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'

faction

n.

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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