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Afghanistan is a factious country.
  characterized by sub-group infighting
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  • Afghanistan is a factious country.
  • The opposition remains factious and without a common agenda.
  • The party is a factious, internally discordant entity.
  • [this problem] would open a wide field for the exercise of factious views
    Alexander Hamilton  --  Federalist Papers

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  • Fabvier was factious; Bavoux was revolutionary.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • Hold, my hand: Be factious for redress of all these griefs; And I will set this foot of mine as far As who goes farthest.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • An unhappy prince am I. My father, King Henry, had faithful servants—He had but to say that he was plagued with a factious priest, and the blood of Thomas-a-Becket, saint though he was, stained the steps of his own altar.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • In the Biblical story the same machinery is used: the building of the boat, the entry of the animals, the flood, loosing of the birds and the sacrifice; but while: the god who ’remembered Noah’ lives in awful isolation, in the Assyrian, as in the Sumerian stories, we are still in the world of factious, flustered, and fallible deities.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • In other part the sceptered heralds call To council, in the city-gates; anon Gray-headed men and grave, with warriours mixed, Assemble, and harangues are heard; but soon, In factious opposition; till at last, Of middle age one rising, eminent In wise deport, spake much of right and wrong, Of justice, or religion, truth, and peace, And judgement from above: him old and young Exploded, and had seized with violent hands, Had not a cloud descending snatched him thence Unseen amid the…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost

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  • He knew the ways of politics and factious politicians.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • This is largely the effect of distrusting the unjust, factious spirit that is part of our government administration.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • These must be chiefly, if not wholly, effects of the unsteadiness and injustice with which a factious spirit has tainted our public administrations.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • I had rather you should be worthy makers of brooms and baskets than unworthy presidents of the United States procured by intrigue, factious slander and corruption.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Madam, yourself is not exempt from this;— Nor you, son Dorset;—Buckingham, nor you;— You have been factious one against the other.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • Factious and rich, bold at the council board, But cautious in the field, he shunn’d the sword; A close caballer, and tongue-valiant lord.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • It can be little doubted that, if the State of Rhode Island was separated from the Confederacy and left to itself, the insecurity of right under the popular form of government within such narrow limits would be displayed by such reiterated oppressions of the factious majorities, that some power altogether independent of the people would soon be called for by the voice of the very factions whose misrule had proved the necessity of it.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • …only obstinate; not masterful, only domineering; not self-controlled, only obtuse; not self-respecting, only vain; not kind, only sentimental; not social, only gregarious; not considerate, only polite; not intelligent, only opinionated; not progressive, only factious; not imaginative, only superstitious; not just, only vindictive; not generous, only propitiatory; not disciplined, only cowed; and not truthful at all—liars every one of them, to the very backbone of their souls.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • …were made to determine at how great an extent in soil, and at how much money, every man must stop—to limit the prince, that he might not grow too great; and to restrain the people, that they might not become too insolent—and that none might factiously aspire to public employments, which ought neither to be sold nor made burdensome by a great expense, since otherwise those that serve in them would be tempted to reimburse themselves by cheats and violence, and it would become necessary…
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • Factious Passions: Effect on Union
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • 22 Factious leaders may kindle a flame within their States, while not able to spread a conflagration through the other States.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • In all which time you and your husband Grey Were factious for the house of Lancaster;— And, Rivers, so were you: was not your husband In Margaret’s battle at Saint Albans slain?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • Every delinquency would produce factious views, partiality, and oppression by the majority in the national congress.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Blocking a national law would require a factious majority in the State legislature, the courts, and the citizens.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The influence of factious leaders may kindle a flame within their particular States, but will be unable to spread a general conflagration through the other States.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The success of it would require not merely a factious majority in the legislature, but the concurrence of the courts of justice and of the body of the people.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Men of factious tempers, of local prejudices, or of sinister designs, may, by intrigue, by corruption, or by other means, first obtain the suffrages, and then betray the interests, of the people.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It is easy to see that this problem alone, as often as it should occur, would open a wide field for the exercise of factious views, of partiality, and of oppression, in the majority that happened to prevail in the national council.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Factious majorities would repeatedly oppress the people.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • A factious majority could seldom happen on any principles other than justice and the general good.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • During turbulent and factious times, a majority might deny a specific group of people the fundamental right of freedom—suffrage.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • All single, large assemblies tend to give in to sudden, violent passions; they can be seduced by factious leaders into extreme and harmful resolutions.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The other point of difference is, the greater number of citizens and extent of territory which may be brought within the compass of republican than of democratic government; and it is this circumstance principally which renders factious combinations less to be dreaded in the former than in the latter.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Javert addressed the porter in a tone befitting the government, and the presence of the porter of a factious person.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • While thus their factious minds with fury burn, The legates from th’ Aetolian prince return: Sad news they bring, that, after all the cost And care employ’d, their embassy is lost; That Diomedes refus’d his aid in war, Unmov’d with presents, and as deaf to pray’r.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • The necessity of a senate is not less indicated by the propensity of all single and numerous assemblies to yield to the impulse of sudden and violent passions, and to be seduced by factious leaders into intemperate and pernicious resolutions.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • A jarring murmur fill’d the factious court: As, when a torrent rolls with rapid force, And dashes o’er the stones that stop the course, The flood, constrain’d within a scanty space, Roars horrible along th’ uneasy race; White foam in gath’ring eddies floats around; The rocky shores rebellow to the sound.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • It can be little doubted that if the State of Rhode Island was separated from the Confederacy and left to itself, the insecurity of rights under the popular form of government within such narrow limits would be displayed by such reiterated oppressions of factious majorities that some power altogether independent of the people would soon be called for by the voice of the very factions whose misrule had proved the necessity of it.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The division of them between the two branches of the legislature, assigning to one the right of accusing, to the other the right of judging, avoids the inconvenience of making the same persons both accusers and judges; and guards against the danger of persecution, from the prevalency of a factious spirit in either of those branches.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Returned from Babylon by leave of kings Their lords, whom God disposed, the house of God They first re-edify; and for a while In mean estate live moderate; till, grown In wealth and multitude, factious they grow; But first among the priests dissention springs, Men who attend the altar, and should most Endeavour peace: their strife pollution brings Upon the temple itself: at last they seise The scepter, and regard not David’s sons; Then lose it to a stranger, that the true Anointed King…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • It is not difficult to conceive that this characteristic right of freedom may, in certain turbulent and factious seasons, be violated, in respect to a particular class of citizens, by a victorious and overbearing majority; but that so fundamental a privilege, in a country so situated and enlightened, should be invaded to the prejudice of the great mass of the people, by the deliberate policy of the government, without occasioning a popular revolution, is altogether inconceivable and…
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
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