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

Nearby words

  1. fact-finding,
  2. factice,
  3. facticity,
  4. faction,
  5. faction fight,
  6. factionalism,
  7. factionalize,
  8. factious,
  9. factiously,
  10. factitious

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Word Origin and History for factionalism
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