faction

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[ fak-shuhn ]
/ ˈfæk ʃən /

noun

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.

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Origin of faction

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1500–10; < Latin factiōn- (stem of factiō) a doing, company, equivalent to fact(us) done (see fact) + -iōn- -ion

Definition for faction (2 of 2)

faction2
[ 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.

Origin of faction

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1965–70; blend of fact and fiction
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British Dictionary definitions for faction (1 of 2)

faction1
/ (ˈfækʃən) /

noun

a group of people forming a minority within a larger body, esp a dissentious group
strife or dissension within a group

Derived forms of faction

factional, adjectivefactionalism, nounfactionalist, noun

Word Origin for faction

C16: from Latin factiō a making, from facere to make, do

British Dictionary definitions for faction (2 of 2)

faction2
/ (ˈfækʃən) /

noun

a television programme, film, or literary work comprising a dramatized presentation of actual events

Word Origin for faction

C20: a blend of fact and fiction
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Cultural definitions for faction

faction

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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