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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Fac"tion
  1. [Anc. Hist] One of the divisions or parties of charioteers (distinguished by their colors) in the games of the circus.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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

Borrowing from Middle French faction, from Latin factiō (“a group of people acting together, a political faction”), noun of process from perfect passive participle factus, from faciō (“do, make”). Doublet of fashion.

  1. A group of people, especially within a political organization, which expresses a shared belief or opinion different from people who are not part of the group.
  2. Strife; discord.

Blend of fact +‎ fiction.

  1. A form of literature, film etc., that treats real people or events as if they were fiction; a mix of fact and fiction

    faction was also found in the following language(s): French

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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