V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. a self-seeking party or group (generally within a government) that is the dissenting minority within a larger group; this clique of partisans holds slightly different beliefs and interests than the rest of the group; 2. party strife and intrigue; 3. a literary work or film that blends fiction into factual elements
Synonyms: wing, caucus, coalition, group, schism, cell, conflict, discord, dissension, rebellion, strife
Antonyms: entirety, total, whole, agreement, peace, unity
Tips: For the word faction, think "separation and dissension." A faction will make it difficult to move forward on an issue, since there is a passionate disagreement. A faction will "fracture" the binding glue of the organization. In politics, this may indicate the various political parties in the country, as well as factions within parties.
There were two major Roman political factions: the populares and the optimates. (wings, parties)
There is a faction in the Democratic party that supports tax cuts and strong defense. (wing, caucus)
I remember a faction of girls in grade school who were mean and nasty toward all of their classmates. (click, group)
The president didn't realize that there was a faction within the board of directors, meeting to plan his removal. (rebellion, uprising)
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