- 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
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- 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 faction2
Examples from the Web for faction
But it is not clear if the latest action is at the hands of that faction or another.Fierce Fighting in Grozny Raises Specter of ISIS Influence in Russia
December 4, 2014
This faction of the opposition is itself fractured into dozens of splinter groups.Al Qaeda Makes a Play for the U.S. Allies the War Against ISIS Depends On
September 29, 2014
Dostum was then commander of an armored unit in the army and a member of the Parcham faction.The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan: An Excerpt From Bruce Riedel’s ’What We Won’
July 27, 2014
It was a faction of Senate Democrats that saved the nomination of Clarence Thomas in 1991.The Supreme Court’s Coming Paralysis
July 22, 2014
One faction contends violent games invite real-world brutality, and the other faction defends violent games as innocuous.Playing Violent Video Games Makes You a Better Person, Study Says
July 4, 2014
The Greenwich faction knew how to take advantage of this disposition.
Honor, I did not lift my hand against him; but I was in the quarrel with his faction.
The people looked upon her as belonging to them more than she had done before, and faction was silenced by the general delight.The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete
Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
All the Kings of faction received in their turns his homage and felicitations.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete
In what age or what country was there ever a man so ‘left by faction?’Leading Articles on Various Subjects
- a group of people forming a minority within a larger body, esp a dissentious group
- strife or dissension within a group
- a television programme, film, or literary work comprising a dramatized presentation of actual events
Word Origin and History for faction
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."
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.”