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Facʹtion

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The Romans divided the combatants in the circus into classes, called factions, each class being distinguished by its special colour, like the crews of a boat-race. The four original factions were the leek-green (prasʹina), the sea-blue (venʹeta), the white (alba), and the rose-red (rosʹea). Two other factions were added by Domitian, the colours being golden-yellow (auraʹta) and purple. As these combatants strove against each other, and entertained a strong esprit de corps, the word was easily applied to political partisans.

⁂ In the faction riots of Constantinople, A.D. 532, above 30,000 persons were killed. (Latin, factio.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Facings
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Factotum
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