American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A group, such as a religious sect or political faction, that has broken away from a parent group.
- n. A group of members of a political party or of a similar organisation who have decided to create their own organisation.
- n. a faction or sect that has broken away from its parent organization
“In Dublin on May 6, 1882, members of a paramilitary splinter group called the Invincibles murdered them with surgical knives in broad daylight at the gates of Phoenix Park, the seat of British authority.”
“In addition, Spartacus had lost the men of the Celtic-German splinter group and perhaps other individual defectors as the going got rough.”
“Today it is based in Portugal, where it claims to concentrate on charity work and historical research, although there is a splinter group that operates from the evocatively named Sion in Switzerland60.”
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