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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: Latin factio 'act of making'; FASHION1

faction

noun
     
fac‧tion
1 [countable] a small group of people within a larger group, who have different ideas from the other members, and who try to get their own ideas accepted:
struggles between the different factions within the party
the leaders of the warring factions
2 [uncountable] formal disagreements and arguments between different groups within an organization:
jealousy and faction
factional adjective:
factional conflict

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