Word of the Week for the week of July 31, 2016


[FAK-shuh s]

Meaning & Usage

adjective used to describe argumentative social groups, usually political.

In the Divergent book and film series, Tris Prior grew up in a factious political environment and chose Dauntless as her new home.


From French factieux (seditious) and Latin factiosus (partisan), from facere (to do). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dhe- (to set or put), which is also the source of do, deed, factory, fashion, face, rectify, defeat, sacrifice, satisfy, Sanskrit sandhi (joining), Urdu purdah (veil, curtain), and Russian duma (council). Earliest documented use: 1527.

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