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Five Factions

And so, from Merriam Webster: (We’ll continue to add faction symbols as they debut)

DIVERGENT-SymbolDAUNTLESS: fearless, undaunted.

Undaunted: courageously resolute, especially in the face of danger or difficulty; not discouraged.

It’s those two definitions (fearless, and undaunted) that I found so fascinating. Being fearless and being undaunted are two different things. And the characters in DIVERGENT struggle with that distinction.

And from

ABNEGATION: (1) to refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject; renounce.( 2) to relinquish; give up

I like the verbs in that one: refuse, deny, reject, renounce–active forms of stripping things from your life. As opposed to relinquish, give up– more passive.

ERUDITE: characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly

The word “erudite” focuses on knowledge rather than intelligence– intelligence being something you’re born with, and can’t necessarily control, and knowledge being something that you acquire. I find that interesting, given what I know about Erudite.

CANDOR: (1) the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness.(2) freedom from bias; fairness; impartiality.

That definition definitely helped me flesh out Candor more, particularly in the second book. The faction is not just trying to develop honesty– they’re also trying to develop impartiality.

AMITY: (1) friendship; peaceful harmony. (2) mutual understanding and a peaceful relationship, especially between nations; peace; accord.  (3) cordiality

It’s not just about banjos and apple-picking. It’s about cultivating strong relationships and trying to understand each other. Oh, Amity.

Also, it’s not a faction, but for fun:

DIVERGENT: (1) diverging; differing; deviating. (2) pertaining to or causing divergence.  (3) (of a mathematical expression) having no finite limits

Diverge: (1.) to move, lie, or extend in different directions from a common point; branch off.  (2.) to differ in opinion, character, form, etc.; deviate.  (3. )Mathematics . (of a sequence, series, etc.) to have no unique limit; to have infinity as a limit. (4) to turn aside or deviate, as from a path, practice, or plan.


FACTION: 1. a group or clique within a larger group, party, government, organization, or the like.

  1. party strife and intrigue; dissension.

I’m just going to leave that one alone.

Source: Veronica Roth Books