Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a factional nation.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The nation was factional.”)
A faction is a group of people that tends to fight for its own interests within a larger group. Faction is also that whole spirit of tense arguing between groups.
So, someone or something factional is related to a self-interested group or related to that tense disagreement between groups.
faction, factions, factionalism, factionalist
How to use it:
Talk about a factional leader or factional leadership, a factional candidate; a factional nation, a factional school, a factional corporation, a factional political party; factional politics, factional bias, factional strife; a factional clash, a factional feud, a series of factional squabbles, bitter factional sparring, and so on.
You might think that the fans of a particular book series would be a naturally congenial bunch, but Twilight fans are bizarrely factional--split into Team Jacob and Team Edward.
Factional interests tend to get in the way of scientific and educational progress, and it's just embarrassing for our country.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "factional” means when you can explain it without saying “tense because of dissenting groups” or “having different groups that disagree."
Think of a large group you belong to, and fill in the blanks: "At/On/In_____, we may have our factional squabbles, but we're all essentially trying to _____."
Example: "In the field of teaching, we may have our factional squabbles, but we're all essentially trying to turn kids into independent thinkers."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Our game for May is: “What Do These Words Have in Common?”
The three words given will have something specific in common. (More than one right answer might be possible, but I've only got one particular answer in mind for each set of words.) I've arranged the questions from easiest to hardest, so today’s should be moderately difficult. By the end of the month, expect some whoppers.
What do these words have in common?: bittersweet, butthead, dimwit
Answer: All are words that contradict themselves (oxymorons.)
Try this one today: air, owe, oar
A Point Well Made:
Arthur Ashe: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
1. The opposite of FACTIONAL is
2. It's hard to dissolve factional loyalties and _____.
A. get everybody thinking creatively
B. help everybody work toward a common goal
C. make everybody focus on the positive side of things
Answers are below.
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