- Faction is defined as a state of internal conflict within an organization, or to a small sect of a group that has broken off from or separated itself from a larger one.
An example of a faction is a small and angry group within an otherwise peaceful political party.
faction definition by Webster's New World
- a group of people inside a political party, club, government, etc. working in a common cause against other such groups or against the main body
- partisan conflict within an organization or a country; dissension
Origin: ; from French faction and amp; Classical Latin factio, a making, doing, faction ; from past participle of facere, do
Origin: a blend of fact and amp; fiction
faction definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A group of persons forming a cohesive, usually contentious minority within a larger group.
- Conflict within an organization or nation; internal dissension: “Our own beloved country . . . is now afflicted with faction and civil war” (Abraham Lincoln).
Origin: French, from Latin factiō, factiōn-, from factus, past participle of facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
- facˈtion·al adjective
- facˈtion·al·ism noun
- facˈtion·al·ly adverb
- A form of literature or filmmaking that treats real people or events as if they were fictional or uses real people or events as essential elements in an otherwise fictional rendition.
- A literary work or film that is a mix of fact and fiction.
Origin: Blend of fact and fiction.
Origin: Middle English -faccioun, from Old French -faction, from Latin -factiō, -factiōn-, from factus, past participle of facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
faction - Cultural Definition
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.”