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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.]

factionalism, factionism

the state or quality of being partisan or self-interested. — factional, adj.factionalist, n.
See also: Politics
the state or quality of being partisan or self-interested. — factional, adj. — factionalist, n.
See also: Self


[ˈfækʃənəlɪzm] Nenfrentamientos mpl entre distintas facciones


[ˈfækʃənəlɪzəm] ndissensions fpl intestinesfact of life
n (gen)réalité f, réalité f de la vie
facts of life npl (sexual) to tell sb about the facts of life → expliquer à qn d'où viennent les bébés


ninterne Streitigkeiten plor Querelen pl
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