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English definition of “faction”

faction

noun [C] uk   /ˈfæk.ʃən/ mainly disapproving us  
a group within a larger group, especially one with slightly different ideas from the main group: the left-wing faction of the party
factional
adjective uk   /-əl/ us  
factional leaders
factionalism
noun [U] uk   /-əl.ɪ.zəm/ us  
Factionalism was tearing the party and the country apart.
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