- [Anc. Hist] One of the divisions or parties of charioteers (distinguished by their colors) in the games of the circus.
- A party, in political society, combined or acting in union, in opposition to the government, or state; -- usually applied to a minority, but it may be applied to a majority; a combination or clique of partisans of any kind, acting for their own interests, especially if greedy, clamorous, and reckless of the common good.
- Tumult; discord; dissension."They remained at Newbury in great faction among themselves." [Clarendon.]synonyms: Combination; clique; junto. See Cabal.
Etymology: L. factio a doing, a company of persons acting together, a faction: cf. F. faction See Fashion