Fac"tion (?), n. [L. factio a doing, a company of persons acting together, a faction: cf. F. faction See Fashion.]
1. 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.
Syn. -- Combination; clique; junto. See Cabal.
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