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Definitions of faction

  1. a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a dissenting clique Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. One of the divisions or parties of charioteers (distinguished by their colors) in the games of the circus. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Tumult; discord; dissension. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A group of persons in a state, political party, etc., who are working for a special end or aim; a party in disloyal opposition; dissension. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Factional. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. A party, in politics, combined or acting in union, in opposition to the state, government, or prince; usually applied to a minority, but it may be applied to a majority; a party promoting discord or unscrupulously promoting their private ends at the expense of the public good; "Not swaying to this faction or to that."-Tennyson; "When a party abandons public and general ends, and devotes itself only to the personal interests of its members and leaders, it is called a faction, and its policy is said to be factious."-Sir G.C. Lewis; "A feeble government produces more factions than an oppressive one."-Ames; tumult; discord; dissension; "They remined at Newbury in great faction among themselves."-Lord Clarendon; in Rom. antiq. one of the four classes, distinguished by special colors, into which the combatants in the circus were divided; there were the green, blue, red, and white factions, and other two, the purple and yellow, are said to have been added by Domitian. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Association of hostile partisans; cabal; dissension. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. Factious. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A party within a party; a cabal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Violent opposition, as to a government; dissension. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. A political party, acting in union for purposes of their own, in opposition to the government or public good; tumult; dissension. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. A party in turbulent or disloyal opposition; a cabal; dissension. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. fak'shun, n. a company of persons associated or acting together, mostly used in a bad sense: a contentious party in a state or society: dissension.--adj. FAC'TIONAL.--ns. FAC'TIONARY, a member of a faction; FAC'TIONIST.--adj. FAC'TIOUS, turbulent: disloyal.--adv. FAC'TIOUSLY.--n. FAC'TIOUSNESS. [L. factionem--fac[)e]re, to do.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. Self-interested, turbulent, or unscrupulous party, esp. in politics; prevalence of party spirit. Hence or cogn. factional, factious, aa., factiously adv., factiousness n. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. n. [Latin] A party acting against a government or established order of things; — dissension; tumult; cabal; combination; clique; junto. Cabinet Dictionary
  19. A party in a state; tumult, discord, dissension. Complete Dictionary

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