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Meaning of FACTION

Pronunciation:  'fakshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue
  2. [n]  a dissenting clique

FACTION is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: cabal, camarilla, junta, junto, sect
 See Also: camp, clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, left, left wing, old guard, pack, pro-choice faction, pro-life faction, right, right wing, splinter group



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fac"tion\, n. [L. factio a doing, a company of persons
acting together, a faction: cf. F. faction See {Fashion}.]
1. (Anc. Hist.) One of the divisions or parties of
   charioteers (distinguished by their colors) 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.

Syn: Combination; clique; junto. See {Cabal}.

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