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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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The opposition faction has blamed the government for making new demands outside the peace agreement and wants to impose such demands on the agreement such as the 28 states it unilaterally created on 2 October and factionally incorporated into the transitional constitution.
In Federalist Number 10, James Madison described a faction as "a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community." (22) By definition, then, a factionally controlled government pursues "partial interests" (23) or "private passions" (24) rather than the common good.
Additionally, there are charges of factionally motivated violence in both Gaza and West Bank involving Hamas and PA authorities, respectively, and there are periodic outbreaks of violence in Gaza between Hamas and extreme jihadist movements--leading some to wonder if these movements could gain strength militarily or politically in coming years.