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.
Syn: -- Combination; clique; junto. See Cabal.
n 1: a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through
intrigue [syn: cabal, junto, camarilla]
2: a dissenting clique [syn: sect]