noun Etymology: Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin faction-, factio act of making, faction — more at fashion Date: 1509 1. a party or group (as within a government) that is often contentious or self-seeking ; clique 2. party spirit especially when marked by dissension • factional adjectivefactionalism nounfactionally adverb

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  • faction — [ faksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1330 aussi « action de faire »; lat. factio « groupement », de facere « faire » 1 ♦ Groupe, parti se livrant à une activité factieuse dans un État, une société. ⇒ ligue. Factions révolutionnaires. Machination subversive visant …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • faction — Faction. s. f. Le guet que fait un cavalier, un soldat qui est à son tour en vedette, en sentinelle. Estre en faction. son Officier l avoit mis en faction. entrer en faction. sortir de faction. estre relevé de faction. Faction, signifie aussi,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Faction — or factionalism can refer to:* Political faction, a group of people connected by a shared belief or opinion within a larger group. * Faction (literature), a type of historical novel rooted in fact * Faction (Planescape), political factions in the …   Wikipedia

  • Faction — Fac tion (f[a^]k sh[u^]n), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -faction — suff. Production; making: petrifaction.   [Middle English faccioun, from Old French faction, from Latin factiō, factiōn , from factus, past participle of facere, to make. See dhē . * * * …   Universalium

  • faction — faction1 [fak′shən] n. [< Fr faction & L factio, a making, doing, faction < pp. of facere, DO1] 1. a group of people inside a political party, club, government, etc. working in a common cause against other such groups or against the main… …   English World dictionary

  • Factĭon — (v. lat.), Partei, bes. eine politische Partei, welche der bestehenden Regierung feindlich gesinnt ist; so Faction des seize (spr. Faksiong de sähs), Bund der Sechzehner, Partei unter Heinrich III. in Frankreich, s.d. (Gesch.). Daher Factionär… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • faction — (n.) c.1500, from M.Fr. faction (14c.) and directly from L. factionem (nom. factio) political party, class of persons, lit. a making or doing, from pp. stem of facere to do (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). In ancient Rome, one of the companies… …   Etymology dictionary

  • faction — [n1] group sharing a belief or cause band, bloc, bunch, cabal, camp, caucus, cell, circle, clan, clique, club, coalition, combination, combine, combo, concern, conclave, confederacy, conspiracy, contingent, coterie, crew, crowd, design, division …   New thesaurus

  • Faction — Faction, lat., polit. Partei; Factionär, Parteimann …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • faction — I noun cabal, camarilla, clique, conspiracy, contentious group, disaccord, disagreeing party, discord, dissension, dissent, division, factio, pars, partisan conflict, partisanship, pressure group, side, splinter party, united body II index cabal …   Law dictionary

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