of a faction or factions.
self-interested; partisan: Factional interests had obstructed justice.

Origin of factional

First recorded in 1640–50; faction1 + -al1
Related formsfac·tion·al·ism, nounfac·tion·al·ist, nounin·ter·fac·tion·al, adjectiveun·fac·tion·al, adjective
Can be confusedfactional factious fractious
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Examples from the Web for factionalism

Historical Examples of factionalism

  • But within five years the order was rent by factionalism and in 1878 was acknowledged to be dead.

    The Armies of Labor

    Samuel P. Orth

  • The sources of this factionalism were varied, and some of them had little to do with the affairs of Virginia.

  • This factionalism contributed largely to the overthrow of the radicals.

    The Sequel of Appomattox

    Walter Lynwood Fleming

  • Factionalism is a class spirit which will sacrifice the interest of the whole to the interest of the class.

    Ethics in Service

    William Howard Taft

Word Origin and History for factionalism

1904, American English, from factional + -ism.



1640s, from faction + -al (1).

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