Definitions

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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or composed of factions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or characterized by faction: as, factional resentment; factional perversity.

Etymologies

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faction +‎ -al

Examples

  • Electable bodies such as Anglesey Council abrogate much of their power to people who act as monarchs, and then waste much of their time and efforts in factional infighting.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • "Allegations and counter-allegations of appeals to base racist sentiments may advantage the short-term factional interests of political parties, but they will leave a legacy of resentment and ethnic tension which will bedevil our region for years to come," Mr Keegan said in a statement.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • MR. LOCKHART: The so-called factional in-house fighting has not advanced since this morning.

    Press Briefing By Joe Lockhart

  • Mao led the Cultural Revolution Authority in stirring up more animosity by calling the factional fighting “an extension of the struggle between the Communists and the Kuomintang”—without specifying which group was which.

    Wild Swans

  • Kang Sheng, Mao's intelligence chief, and Mme Mao led the Cultural Revolution Authority in stirring up more animosity by calling the factional fighting 'an extension of the struggle between the Communists and the Kuomintang' without specifying which group was which.

    WILD SWANS THREE DAUGHTERS OF CHINA

  • The concentration of minority supporters in STW, including its national leadership, raised the possibility that it could become, or be seen by the majority as, what in Maoist parlance would be called a factional headquarters.

    Splintered Sunrise

  • And Khamenei has come off his perch as supreme leader and is now a kind of factional fighter on the side of President Ahmadinejad.

    CNN Transcript Jun 23, 2009

  • This reinforced the union's belief that the graft probe against the president was a "politically inspired campaign" using state institutions to settle "factional" disputes within the ruling party.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • That kind of factional infighting has the potential to doom Afghanistan's recovery as surely as in the early 1990s, when squabbling among mujahedin leaders led to the rise of the Taliban.

    The Ways Of A Warlord

  • Even with some of the goofiness that went on in this primary, this was not really a "factional" primary.

    Archive 2006-09-01

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