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fac·tion 1

1. A group of persons forming a cohesive, usually contentious minority within a larger group.
2. Conflict within an organization or nation; internal dissension: "Our own beloved country ... is now afflicted with faction and civil war" (Abraham Lincoln).

[French, from Latin factiō, factiōn-, from factus, past participle of facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

fac′tion·al adj.
fac′tion·al·ism n.
fac′tion·al·ly adv.

fac·tion 2

1. A form of literature or filmmaking that treats real people or events as if they were fictional or uses real people or events as essential elements in an otherwise fictional rendition.
2. A literary work or film that is a mix of fact and fiction.

[Blend of fact and fiction.]


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) in a factional manner
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22) By definition, then, a factionally controlled government pursues "partial interests" (23) or "private passions" (24) rather than the common good.
Factionally, it was also quite a disparate group with 'a number of unions who could not be called "centre" by any stretch of the imagination' according to Food Preservers Secretary, Tom Ryan.
As Iraqi politics and politicians mature, they may see the benefits to be gained from thinking nationally and not merely factionally.