Definition of Faction

1. Noun. A clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue.

Exact synonyms: Cabal, Camarilla, Junto
Generic synonyms: Camp, Clique, Coterie, Ingroup, Inner Circle, Pack
Member holonyms: Cabalist

2. Noun. A dissenting clique.
Exact synonyms: Sect
Generic synonyms: Camp, Clique, Coterie, Ingroup, Inner Circle, Pack
Specialized synonyms: Splinter Group, Left, Left Wing, Right, Right Wing, Old Guard, Pro-choice Faction, Pro-life Faction
Derivative terms: Factious

Definition of Faction

1. n. One of the divisions or parties of charioteers (distinguished by their colors) in the games of the circus.

Definition of Faction

1. Noun. A group of people, especially within a political organization, who express a shared belief or opinion different from people who are not part of the group. ¹

2. Noun. Strife; discord. ¹

3. Noun. A form of literature, film etc., that treats real people or events as if they were fiction; a mix of fact and fiction ¹

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Definition of Faction

1. a clique within a larger group [n -S]

Medical Definition of Faction

1. 1. One of the divisions or parties of charioteers (distinguished by their colours) in the games of the circus. 2. A party, in political society, combined or acting in union, in opposition to the government, or state; usually applied to a minority, but it may be applied to a majority; a combination or clique of partisans of any kind, acting for their own interests, especially if greedy, clamorous, and reckless of the common good. 3. Tumult; discord; dissension. "They remained at Newbury in great faction among themselves." (Clarendon) Synonym: Combination, clique, junto. See Cabal. Origin: L. Factio a doing, a company of persons acting together, a faction: cf. F. Faction See Fashion. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Faction

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1. The Federalist: A Commentary on the Constitution of the United States, Being by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, James Madison (1901)
"There are again two methods of removing the causes of faction : the one, ... Liberty is to faction what air is to fire, an aliment without which it ..."

2. The Works of Alexander Hamilton by Alexander Hamilton (1904)
"A FRENCH faction 1798. There is a set of men whose mouths are always full of the ... Feeling that they themselves are interested in a foreign faction, ..."

3. The Essays of Francis Bacon by Francis Bacon, Clark Sutherland Northup (1908)
"Yet even in beginners, to adhere so moderately, as he be a man of the one faction which is most passable with the other, commonly giveth best way. ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"The order In which different members of the English faction should become entitled to hold the offices of president and vice president was provided for on ..."

5. History of New England by John Gorham Palfrey, Francis Winthrop Palfrey (1858)
"With him, as it soon appeared, Lyford was engaged " in plotting faction at against them, and disturbing their peace, both in "J"<"""1<. respect of their ..."

6. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1909)
"So every defect of the mind may have a special receipt u OP faction MANY have an opinion not wise, that for a prince to govern his estate, or for a great ..."

7. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1902)
"Holland and Zeeland were once more torn by the old faction-feuds ... Yet on every side faction was raging. At Lie"ge William de la Marck savagely murdered ..."

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