Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FACTIONS

But upon one point: all factions, however opposed, were agreed.

He was not long in giving the Roman factions a taste of his stern quality.

There were no castes, creeds or factions in this great work of patriotism.

Others urged that there should be a truce to factions there, as in heaven.

The Y Bar outfit has been a sort of buffer between the two factions.

On this alternative the factions split, and the battle was furious.

This was a division of factions, and not of rank or dignity.

Scotland was split into factions, to which the mother and son gave names.

It was evident that in the decisive moment the detachment must separate into factions.

Inconsistent: yes, he tried to be the leader of factions at war with one another.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1500, from Middle French faction (14c.) and directly from Latin factionem (nominative factio) "political party, class of persons," literally "a making or doing," from past participle stem of facere "to do" (see factitious). In ancient Rome, "one of the companies of contractors for the chariot races in the circus."