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Definition of Faction

Faction

  1. 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.

Faction Quotations

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.
George Washington

No faction is better or worse than any other. All come from the same mould; they are all products of capitalist influence in the working class movement. And they are a poison that destroys our Party and the working class movement in Korea.
Kim Jong Il

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
John Adams

A faction willing to take the risks of making war on the ossified status quo in the Middle East can be described as many things, but not as conservative.
Christopher Hitchens

Our country, if you read the 'Federalist Papers,' is about disagreement. It's about pitting faction against faction, divided government, checks and balances. The hero in American political tradition is the man who stands up to the mob - not the mob itself.
Jonah Goldberg
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Faction Translations

faction in Danish is parti
faction in Dutch is partij, stem
faction in French is parti, faction
faction in German is Splitterpartei
faction in Norwegian is gruppe, fraksjon
faction in Swedish is split, parti, partigrupp
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