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Another word for faction

  1. A group of individuals united in a common cause

      1. (Canada, politics) Bloc Québécois
      2. An alliance, often temporary, of political parties in a legislature
      3. A group of legislators who, without regard to party affiliation, act together to advance some common interest of their constituents
      1. A combination of independent business organizations formed to regulate production, pricing, and marketing of goods by the members.
      2. An association of industrialists, business firms, etc. for establishing a national or international monopoly by price fixing, ownership of controlling stock, etc.; trust
      3. An official agreement between governments at war, especially one concerning the exchange of prisoners.
      1. A transitory association of animals of the same species in which members join forces against another animal or animals to defend against an attack or gain access to a resource.
      2. An alliance of factions, nations, etc., for some specific purpose, as of political parties in times of national emergency
      3. An alliance, especially a temporary one, of people, factions, parties, or nations.
      1. An alliance of persons or parties for a common purpose; an association.
      2. (Math.) Any of the various groupings, or subsets, into which a number, or set, of units may be arranged without regard to order: dual combinations of A, B, C, and D are AB, AC, AD, BC, BD, CD
      3. (Mathematics) One or more elements selected from a set without regard to the order of selection.
      1. A power-operated harvesting machine that cuts, threshes, and cleans grain.
      2. A combination.
      3. An association of persons, corporations, etc. for commercial or political, sometimes unethical, purposes
      1. A gathering for social entertainment, or the entertainment itself, often of a specific nature
      2. A group of people who have gathered to participate in an activity:
      3. A group of soldiers selected for a duty or mission:
      1. An exclusive group of people acting privately or illegally to advance their own interests:
      2. Annual ring
      3. A circular band used for carrying, holding, or containing something:
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  2. A state of disagreement and disharmony

      1. A loud, harsh noise, such as that made by two metal objects in collision.
      2. A sharp disagreement; conflict
      3. A violent conflict or confrontation.
      1. Opposition between characters or forces in a work of drama or fiction, especially when motivating or shaping the action of the plot.
      2. A fight or struggle, esp. a protracted one; war
      3. A state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war.
      1. The act of confronting or the state of being confronted, especially a meeting face to face.
      2. A conflict involving armed forces:
      3. A focused comparison:
      1. A statement or point that one argues for as true or valid
      2. A striving to win in competition; rivalry:
      3. The act of contending; strife, struggle, controversy, dispute, quarrel, etc.
      1. (Mathematics) The amount by which one quantity is greater or less than another.
      2. A significant effect on or change in a situation
      3. An instance of disparity or unlikeness:
      1. A disagreement or dispute:
      2. The condition or quality of being difficult:
      3. A troublesome or embarrassing state of affairs, especially of financial affairs:
      1. Disharmony.
      2. The absence or reverse of accord.
      3. Lack of accord; discord; disagreement
      1. A harsh or confused noise, as the sound of battle; clash; din
      2. Lack of concord; disagreement; dissension; conflict
      3. Tension or strife resulting from a lack of agreement; dissension.
      1. (Music) Lack of harmony; dissonance.
      2. The state or an instance of disagreement; discord.
      3. (Genetics) The presence of a given trait in only one member of a pair of identical twins.
      1. Difference of opinion; disagreement.
      2. A difference of opinion; disagreement or, esp., discord as expressed in intense quarreling or wrangling, as within a group [dissension among party members]: often in dissension in the ranks, dissatisfaction with those in authority
      1. (Law) A judicial opinion reaching a conclusion contrary to that reached by the majority of judges deciding a case; a minority opinion.
      2. Difference of opinion or feeling; disagreement.
      3. The rendering of a minority opinion in the decision of a law case
      1. Disagreement, as of opinion or belief; dissent.
      2. Disagreement; dissent
      3. The state of being dissident; dissent
      1. (Music) A combination of tones contextually considered to suggest unrelieved tension and require resolution.
      2. A state of disagreement or conflict
      3. Lack of agreement, consistency, or harmony; conflict:
      1. (Physics) A force that resists the relative motion or tendency to such motion of two bodies or substances in contact.
      2. The rubbing of one object or surface against another.
      3. Conflict, as between persons having dissimilar ideas or interests; clash.
      1. An instance of such discord.
      2. Lack of harmony; discord; conflict
      1. The offense of attempting to produce such a breach.
      2. Any of the sects, parties, etc. formed by such a split
      3. A formal breach of union within a religious body, especially a Christian church.
      1. Contention or competition between rivals.
      2. The act or state of fighting or quarreling, esp. bitterly; struggle; conflict
      3. A conflict or quarrel:
      1. An exception to the application of a usual rule, granted by an authority on the basis of hardship or practicality:
      2. A difference between what is expected and what happens
      3. Degree of change or difference; divergence; discrepancy
      1. The period of such conflict.
      2. Open armed conflict between countries or between factions within the same country
      3. A condition of active antagonism or contention:
      1. Military operations marked by a specific characteristic:
      2. Conflict or struggle of any kind
      3. The waging of war against an enemy; armed conflict.
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Another word for faction

  1. An organized group

      1. (Canada, politics) Bloc Québécois
      2. An alliance, often temporary, of political parties in a legislature
      3. A group of legislators who, without regard to party affiliation, act together to advance some common interest of their constituents
      1. A secret scheme or plot.
      2. The intrigues of such a group; plot
      3. A small group of persons joined in a secret, often political, intrigue; junta
      1. An event or condition that is likely but not inevitable.
      2. A representative group that is selected from or part of a larger group.
      3. A group or detachment, as of troops or police, assigned to aid a larger force.
      1. A type of propagation characteristic of plants that spread by means of newly formed parts such as bulbs, suckers, or rhizomes.
      2. (Mil.) A major tactical or administrative unit that can act independently and is under one command
      3. A group of several ships of similar type forming a tactical unit under a single command in the US Navy.
      1. A combination.
      2. A power-operated harvesting machine that cuts, threshes, and cleans grain.
      3. An association of persons, corporations, etc. for commercial or political, sometimes unethical, purposes
      1. Either of the persons or sides concerned in a legal matter
      2. A person who participates or is concerned in an action, proceeding, plan, etc.
      3. A person or group involved in an enterprise; a participant or accessory:
      1. A group of criminals or hoodlums who band together for mutual protection and profit.
      2. A matched or coordinated set, as of tools:
      3. A group of youths from one neighborhood banded together for social reasons; often specif., a band of juvenile delinquents
      1. All of a ship's personnel, usually excepting the officers
      2. On a small sailboat, the person or persons who assist the helmsman, as by handling the sails
      3. A group of people working together, usually under the direction of a foreman or leader
      1. A group of persons having a winglike relation to another group or to the entire body
      2. A section of a party, legislature, or community holding distinct, especially dissenting, political views:
      3. An airfoil whose principal function is providing lift, especially either of two such airfoils symmetrically positioned on each side of the fuselage of an aircraft.
      1. A group of people who pre-arrange among themselves to express strong support for an idea, so as to give the false impression of a wider consensus.
      2. A group of persons hired to applaud at a performance.
      1. An assembly or council; esp., a Spanish or Latin American legislative or administrative body
      2. A council or small legislative body in a government, especially in Central or South America.
      3. A group of military officers ruling a country after seizing power.
      1. A small exclusive group of friends or associates.
      2. A small, exclusive group of individuals; cabal
      3. (Graph theory) A subgraph isomorphic to a complete graph.
      1. Any private or secret meeting
      2. A secret or confidential meeting.
      3. A meeting of family members or associates.
      1. (Law) An agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.
      2. A planning and acting together secretly, esp. for an unlawful or harmful purpose, such as murder or treason
      3. A joining or acting together, as if by sinister design:
      1. A secret or underhand scheme; a plot.
      2. The practice of or involvement in such schemes:
      3. A secret love affair
      1. A political party formed by members of an existing one whose views or policies differ from those of the majority.
      1. A group, such as a religious sect or political faction, that has broken away from a parent group.
      1. In Texas hold'em, a hand in which a player has two cards of the same rank and another card of that rank is among the community cards.
      2. (Sports) A group of games constituting one division or unit of a match, as in tennis.
      3. A group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used:
      1. A group of people with interests in common; clique; set
      2. An early form of social group, as in the Scottish Highlands, composed of several families claiming descent from a common ancestor, bearing the same family name, and following the same chieftain
      3. In certain primitive societies, a tribal division, usually exogamous, of matrilineal or patrilineal descent from a common ancestor
      1. The building, room, or other facility used for the meetings of an organized group.
      2. A group of people organized for a common purpose, especially a group that meets regularly:
      3. A stout heavy stick, usually thicker at one end, suitable for use as a weapon; a cudgel.
      1. A hall or large anteroom, as a waiting room or vestibule of an apartment house, hotel, theater, etc.
      2. A public room next to the assembly chamber of a legislative body.
      3. A group of persons engaged in trying to influence legislators or other public officials in favor of a specific cause:
      1. Deliberate affectation or exaggeration of style, especially of popular or outdated style, for ironic or humorous effect:
      2. A place in the country that offers simple group accommodations and organized recreation or instruction, as for vacationing children:
      3. A group of people who think alike or share a cause; side:
      1. (Idiomatic) The closest of friends of a person.
      2. A small, exclusive group of people who control or influence customs, opinion, etc.
      1. A religious body or denomination, esp. a small group that has broken away from an established church
      2. Any group of people having a common leadership, set of opinions, philosophical doctrine, political principles, etc., specif. a faction of a larger group
      3. A religious body, especially one that has separated from a larger denomination.
      1. A circle of people who associate with one another.
      2. An exclusive group of people, who associate closely for a common purpose; a clique.
      3. A small, often select group of persons who associate with one another frequently.
      1. The persons participating in such a business entity.
      2. A relationship between individuals or groups that is characterized by mutual cooperation and responsibility, as for the achievement of a specified goal:
      3. A business entity in which two or more co-owners contribute resources, share in profits and losses, and are individually liable for the entity's actions.
      1. (Biol.) A very small, complex unit of protoplasm, usually with a nucleus, cytoplasm, and an enclosing membrane: all plants and animals are made up of one or more cells that usually combine to form various tissues
      2. Any of the smallest organizational units of a group or movement, as of a Communist party
      3. (Architecture) The smallest organizational unit of a clandestine group or movement, such as a banned political movement or a terrorist group. A cell's leader is often the only person who knows members of the organization outside the cell.
      1. A section of an academic course focusing on a selected theme:
      2. The number immediately to the left of the decimal point in the Arabic numeral system.
      3. A single, distinct part or object, esp. one used for a specific purpose
      1. A large and often disorderly crowd.
      2. The mass of common people; the populace.
      3. An indiscriminate or loosely associated group of things:
      1. (Informal) Any group engaged in organized crime
      2. (Informal) A tightly knit group of trusted associates, as of a political leader:
      3. Any exclusive, dominating group
      1. Any aspect or phase as contrasted with another or others
      2. One of two or more contrasted parts or places within an area, identified by its location with respect to a center:
      3. The left or right half of the trunk of a human or animal body:
      1. A small meeting room
      2. A group of confidential, often scheming advisers; a cabal.
      3. A secret, usually sinister, group of conspiring advisors close to the leadership; a cabal
      1. The party organization generally
      2. A person who acts in a rigid, mechanical, or unconscious manner.
      3. An organized group of people whose members are or appear to be under the control of one or more leaders:
      1. An association or a secret society of Chinese in the United States, believed to be involved in organized crime.
      2. In the U.S., a Chinese secret fraternal society
      3. A Chinese association or political party.
      1. A simple ungrooved ring, especially a wedding ring.
      2. Two strips hanging in front from the neck, as part of certain academic, legal, or clerical dress
      3. A thin strip of flexible material used to encircle and bind one object or to hold a number of objects together:
      1. An advocacy group.
      2. An interest group that endeavors to influence public policy and especially governmental legislation, regarding its particular concerns and priorities.
      1. A group organized for work or activity:
      2. (Sports & Games) A group on the same side, as in a game.
      3. A group of people constituting one side in a contest or competition
      1. The party organization generally
      2. A person who acts in a rigid, mechanical, or unconscious manner.
      3. An organized group of people whose members are or appear to be under the control of one or more leaders:
      1. (Mathematics) A set of elements subject to the operations of addition and multiplication, in which the set is a commutative group under addition and associative under multiplication and in which the two operations are related by distributive laws.
      2. A circular band of metal, plastic, etc., used to connect, hang, seal, decorate, etc. a thing or things
      3. A circular band, usually of precious metal and often set with gems, worn on the finger as an ornament or a symbol of betrothal, marriage, etc.
      1. Either of two migratory sandpipers of the genus Calidris that breed in Arctic regions, especially the red knot.
      2. A lump or knob in a thread, cord, etc., formed by passing one free end through a loop and drawing it tight, or by a tangle drawn tight
      3. The round, often darker cross section of such a lump as it appears on a piece of cut lumber.
      1. A plane curve everywhere equidistant from a given fixed point, the center.
      2. A series or process that finishes at its starting point or continuously repeats itself; a cycle.
      3. A plane figure bounded by a single curved line, every point of which is equally distant from the point at the center of the figure
      1. A troubled or anxious state of mind:
      2. Interest in or regard for a person or thing
      3. A matter of interest or importance to one; that which relates to or affects one; affair; matter; business
      1. Part of a circle bounded by any two radii and the arc included between them
      2. (Computing) A fixed-sized unit (traditionally 512 bytes) of sequential data stored on a track of a digital medium (compare to block).
      3. A mathematical instrument consisting of two rulers marked with various scales and jointed together at one end, used in solving problems, measuring angles, etc.
      1. Any association for mutual aid and the promotion of common interests
      2. (Biology) A group of diverse species that share common characteristics or habits
      3. (Ecology) A group of species in a community that use similar environmental resources in a similar way, such as a group of songbirds that all glean insects from leaves.
      1. A secret society organized for acts of terrorism and blackmail that was active in the United States in the early 20th century.
      2. A group of Sicilian immigrant blackmailers and terrorists in New York in the early 20th cent.
      3. Any similar secret society
      1. Any secret society like this
      2. (Proper) A secret society organized in Naples, Italy, c. 1820, which became notorious for terror, blackmail, and violence
      3. An unscrupulous, clandestine group.
      1. An operational unit, as of staff officers or other key personnel, around which an expanded organization can be built
      2. A small, unified group organized to instruct or lead a larger group; nucleus
      3. A tightly knit group of zealots who are active in advancing the interests of a revolutionary party.
      1. The offense of attempting to produce such a breach.
      2. A formal breach of union within a religious body, especially a Christian church.
      3. Any of the sects, parties, etc. formed by such a split
      1. An understanding or agreement, as between nations
      2. The parties to such an agreement.
      3. An agreement between two or more governments or powers for cooperative action or policy:
      1. (Informal) An association of persons, especially a military unit or a business organization.
      2. A set of tools or equipment for a specialized purpose:
      3. A set of clothing, often with accessories:
      1. A group of people united by a common characteristic, as age, interest, or vocation:
      2. (Informal) A group of people having something in common; set; clique
      3. A large number of things positioned or considered together.
      1. (Systematics) In cladistics, the monophyletic group that includes all taxa of interest to the current study.
      2. Any group of people with common interests that give them a sense of solidarity and exclusivity as regards all nonmembers
      3. (Sociology) The social group that one belongs to.
      1. (Informal) A considerable number or amount; a lot:
      2. A group of like items or individuals gathered or placed together:
      3. A group of things growing close together; a cluster or clump:
  2. Tendency to break into warring groups

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