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FACTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does faction mean? 

FACTION (noun)
  The noun FACTION has 2 senses:

1. a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
2. a dissenting clique

  Familiarity information: FACTION used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FACTION (noun)


Sense 1faction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

cabal; camarilla; faction; junto

Hypernyms ("faction" is a kind of...):

camp; clique; coterie; ingroup; inner circle; pack (an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose)

Meronyms (members of "faction"):

cabalist (a member of a cabal)


Sense 2faction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A dissenting clique

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

faction; sect

Hypernyms ("faction" is a kind of...):

camp; clique; coterie; ingroup; inner circle; pack (an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "faction"):

splinter group (a faction or sect that has broken away from its parent organization)

left; left wing (those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare)

right; right wing (those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged)

old guard (a faction that is unwilling to accept new ideas)

pro-choice faction (those who argue that the decision to have an induced abortion should be made by the mother)

pro-life faction (those who argue that induced abortion is killing and should be prohibited)


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