faction


faction
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 of contractors for the chariot races in the circus."

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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 — [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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