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{adj: aligned} brought into agreement or cooperation on the side of a faction, party, or cause
<-> nonaligned

{adj: antagonistic, antipathetic, antipathetical} characterized by antagonism or antipathy
"slaves antagonistic to their masters"
"antipathetic factions within the party"

{adj: breakaway, fissiparous, separatist} having separated or advocating separation from another entity or policy or attitude
"a breakaway faction"

{adj: deadlocked, stalemated} at a complete standstill because of opposition of two unrelenting forces or factions
"the chess game ended with white stalemated"
"the two factions are deadlocked over fringe benefits"

{adj: hostile} impossible to bring into friendly accord
"hostile factions"

{adj: nonaligned} not affiliated with any faction, party, or cause
<-> aligned

{adj: quiet} characterized by an absence or near absence of agitation or activity
"a quiet life"
"a quiet throng of onlookers"
"quiet peace-loving people"
"the factions remained quiet for almost 10 years"
<-> unquiet

{n: 15 May Organization} a terrorist organization formed in 1979 by a faction of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine but disbanded in the 1980s when key members left to join a faction of al-Fatah

{n: Aksa Martyrs Brigades, al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, Martyrs of al-Aqsa} a militant offshoot of al-Fatah that is the newest and strongest and best equipped faction active in the West Bank; responsible for many deadly attacks in Israel in 2002

{n: Lautaro Youth Movement, Lautaro Faction of the United Popular Action Movement, Lautaro Popular Rebel Forces} a violent terrorist group organized in the 1980s and advocating the overthrow of the Chilean military government; leaders are mainly criminals or impoverished youths

{n: Maktab al-Khidmat, MAK} a terrorist organization founded by Osama bin Laden in the 1980s to provide money and recruit fighters around the world; enlisted and transported thousands of men to Afghanistan to fights the Russians; a split in the group led bin Laden and the extremist faction of MAK to form al-Qaeda

{n: Missouri Compromise} an agreement in 1820 between pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the United States concerning the extension of slavery into new territories

{n: Red Army Faction, RAF} a Marxist and Maoist terrorist organization in Germany; a network of underground guerillas who committed acts of violence in the service of the class struggle; a successor to the Baader-Meinhof Gang; became one of Europe's most feared terrorist groups; disbanded in 1998

{n: bullyboy} a swaggering tough; usually one acting as an agent of a political faction

{n: cabal, faction, junto, camarilla} a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue

{n: civil war} a war between factions in the same country

{n: faction, sect} a dissenting clique

{n: iron fist} rigorous or ruthless control
"she rules the office with an iron fist"
"it takes an iron fist to contain the dissenting factions"

{n: old guard} a faction that is unwilling to accept new ideas

{n: pro-choice faction} those who argue that the decision to have an induced abortion should be made by the mother

{n: pro-life faction} those who argue that induced abortion is killing and should be prohibited

{n: rebellion, insurrection, revolt, rising, uprising} organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another

{n: religious right} United States political faction that advocates social and political conservativism, school prayer, and federal aid for religious groups and schools

{n: rupture, breach, break, severance, rift, falling out} a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
"they hoped to avoid a break in relations"

{n: schism, split} division of a group into opposing factions
"another schism like that and they will wind up in bankruptcy"

{n: splinter group} a faction or sect that has broken away from its parent organization

{n: union, unification, uniting, conjugation, jointure} the act of making or becoming a single unit
"the union of opposing factions"
"he looked forward to the unification of his family for the holidays"
<-> disunion

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