Definition of factionalize in English:


intransitive verb

(also British factionalise)
[no object]
  • (especially of a political party or other organized group) split or divide into factions.

    ‘there was a tendency for students to factionalize’
    • ‘But it can also be argued, as Radosh does not, that the guerrillas were simply too factionalized and ideologically divided to animate a mass movement.’
    • ‘Would they factionalise and segment, or unify?’
    • ‘The remaining true humans had by this time colonized a different planet, named it ‘New Earth,’ and quickly factionalized along the old nationalistic lines that had caused so much war in the first place.’
    • ‘The Eihei temple, factionalized and concerned with maintaining the purity of its tradition, languished for a time, while the faction that went with Gikai out of the temple flourished.’
    • ‘Yet, when we factionalize, we become distracted by our own machinations, and we forget that no one group of women is more valid or significant than another.’
    • ‘These differences created centrifugal pressures toward internecine conflict that factionalized the movement into disparate groups.’
    • ‘This leaves ample room for centrifugal ideological differences that tend to factionalize movements’
    • ‘‘It is possible to make heavily researched history readable without fictionalising or factionalising the facts by using the story-teller's narrative technique,’ he insists.’
    • ‘However, the rebels are deeply factionalised and only a small portion are believed to follow his direction.’
    • ‘We are factionalized, and we worship different gods.’
    • ‘The present army and police force, which are highly factionalised, are in no position to challenge regional warlords.’
    • ‘Another important reason why so many of them are currently disengaged from the struggle for social change relates to frustration over the factionalised political system which is premised upon patron-client relations.’
    • ‘The hostile consensus on him has, for the moment, given his factionalised party a veneer of unity under his leadership.’
    • ‘The national council which voted on the charges is a highly factionalised body, with the vote on his expulsion being along factional lines.’
    • ‘This is a warning shot for a very disorganised, factionalised left.’
    • ‘Breezers have skidded into one of the two-wheeled world's most factionalized debates: the argument between ‘vehicular’ and ‘facilities’ riders.’
    • ‘The book establishes the legitimacy of Agnes, not a legitimacy she already had but one she would need as a foreign-born empress in a factionalized court, many of whose members would remain loyal to the emperor's first daughter.’
    disunite, drive apart, break up, split up



/ˈfakSH(ə)nəˌlīz/ /ˈfækʃ(ə)nəˌlaɪz/