Monday, August 20, 2007
faction noun [FAK-shuhn] A usually contentious or self-seeking group within a larger group, party, government, etc.
Definitions for faction
- A usually contentious or self-seeking group within a larger group, party, government, etc.
- Party strife and intrigue; internal dissension.
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Citations for faction
For most of his colleagues, Leonid Ilich Brezhnev, who had succeeded Khrushchev as First (later General) Secretary, was a far more reassuring figure -- affable, lightweight and patient in reconciling opposing factions, though skillful in outmaneuvering his political rivals.
Leaders of the party's reform faction, decisively defeated for top posts, have not heeded the call for post-election unity.
Origin of faction
Faction comes from Latin factio, faction-, from the past participle of facere, "to do, to make."