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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Faction  \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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  faction 
  n  1:  a  clique  that  seeks  power  usually  through  intrigue  [syn:  {cabal}, 
  {junta},  {junto},  {camarilla}] 
  2:  a  dissenting  clique  [syn:  {sect}] 




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