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Definitions for faction
ˈfæk ʃənfac·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cabal, faction, junto, camarillanoun

    a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue

  2. faction, sectnoun

    a dissenting clique

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FACTIONnoun

    Etymology: faction, French; factio, Latin.

    The queen is valued thirty thousand strong;
    If she hath time to breathe, be well assur’d
    Her faction will be full as strong as ours. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    He has been known to commit outrages,
    And cherish factions. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Their hatred went so far, that by one of Simon’s faction murders were committed. 2 Mac. iv. 9.

    By the weight of reason I should counterpoise the over-balancings of any factions. Charles I .

    They remained at Newbery in great faction among themselves. Edward Hyde.


  1. faction

    A faction is a small, organized group within a larger one that holds different views, often discontented and dissenting, or seeking to bring about changes within the larger group. They are usually in conflict with the main group due to differences in beliefs, ideologies, or interests. Factions can be found in political parties, businesses, social organizations, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Factionnoun

    one of the divisions or parties of charioteers (distinguished by their colors) in the games of the circus

  2. Factionnoun

    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. Factionnoun

    tumult; discord; dissension


  1. Faction

    Faction is an uncensored rock, punk, hip hop, and heavy metal music mixed channel on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 41, XM Satellite Radio channel 41 and Dish Network channel 6041. Until February 9, 2010, it was heard on DirecTV. It is also one of five alternative rock channels on Sirius XM Radio. The station plays such popular acts as Avenged Sevenfold, A Day to Remember, The Devil Wears Prada, NOFX, Beastie Boys, The Bronx, Bring Me The Horizon, Parkway Drive, Eminem, Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill and others. Faction is also home to The Jason Ellis Show, Radio Bam, The Mosely Method with Johnny Mosely, Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg, Do It Yourself Radio, Tony Hawk's Demolition Radio, The Cosmic Commander's Sonic Reduction, and hourly FU's.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Faction

    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. factionemfacĕre, to do.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. faction

    In ancient history, one of the troops or bodies of combatants in the games of the circus, especially of the horse-races.

  2. faction

    A term applied in an ill sense to any party in a state that offers uncompromising opposition to the measures of the government, or that endeavors to excite public discontent upon unreasonable grounds.

  3. faction

    (Fr.). The duty done by a private soldier when he patrols, goes the round, etc., but most especially when he does duty as a sentinel. The French usually say, entrer en faction, to come upon duty; etre en faction, to be upon duty; sortir de faction, to come off duty.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'faction' in Nouns Frequency: #2375

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of faction in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of faction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of faction in a Sentence

  1. Ron Bloom:

    I don't think at this time there is any larger faction than any other, i'll commit to four of five of them financially because I love them all -- and we'll see who comes out on top.

  2. Nusra Front:

    Facing this current scene, our only option was to withdraw and leave our frontline positions (with Islamic State) in the northern Aleppo countryside for any fighting faction in these areas to take over.

  3. David Andrew Weinberg:

    The sectarian element of this conflict is very significant … the Saudis have not shown themselves to be particularly concerned with power struggles between one faction or another in Yemen over the years, but when they see another Middle Eastern capital falling to Iranian, Shiite proxies, they have alarm bells going off.

  4. George Orwell:

    When the Communists gained control … and began to hunt down [my socialist faction] … we were very lucky to get out of Spain alive.

  5. Kurt Imhof:

    There is a faction of NZZ shareholders who are seeking to bring the paper further to the right and closer to the SVP, bLOCHUSCONI.

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    a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
    A adventure
    B fudge
    C embark
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