Fa'ction. n.s. [faction, French; factio, Latin.]
- A party in a state.
The queen is valued thirty thousand strong;
If she hath time to breathe, be well assur'd
Her faction will be full as strong as ours. Shakes. Henry VI.
He has been known to commit outrages,
And cherish factions. Shakespeare's Timon.
Their hatred went so far, that by one of Simon's faction murders were committed. 2 Mac. iv. 9.
By the weight of reason I should counterpoise the overbalancings of any factions. King Charles.
- Tumult; discord; dissension.
They remained at Newbery in great faction among themselves. Clarendon.