fractious


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frac·tious

 (frăk′shəs)
adj.
1. Inclined to make trouble; unruly.
2. Having a peevish nature; cranky.

[From fraction, discord (obsolete).]

frac′tious·ly adv.
frac′tious·ness n.

fractious

(ˈfrækʃəs)
adj
1. irritable
2. unruly
[C18: from (obsolete) fraction discord + -ous]
ˈfractiously adv
ˈfractiousness n
Usage: Fractious is sometimes wrongly used where factious is meant: this factious (not fractious) dispute has split the party still further

frac•tious

(ˈfræk ʃəs)

adj.
1. refractory; unruly.
2. readily angered; quarrelsome.
[1715–25]
frac′tious•ly, adv.
frac′tious•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fractious - stubbornly resistant to authority or control; "a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness"; "a refractory child"
disobedient - not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority; "disobedient children"
2.fractious - easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition
3.fractious - unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome; "rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thickly populated areas"; "fractious components of a communication system"
difficult, hard - not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

fractious

adjective irritable, cross, awkward, unruly, touchy, recalcitrant, petulant, tetchy, ratty (Brit. & N.Z. informal), testy, chippy (informal), fretful, grouchy (informal), querulous, peevish, refractory, crabby, captious, froward (archaic), pettish The children were predictably fractious.
agreeable, amiable, genial, affable, good-natured, tractable, good-tempered, biddable, complaisant

fractious

adjective
Translations

fractious

[ˈfrækʃəs] ADJ (= irritable) → irritable; (= unruly) → díscolo

fractious

[ˈfrækʃəs] adjgrincheux/euse

fractious

adjverdrießlich; childaufsässig

fractious

[ˈfrækʃəs] adj (person, mood) → irritabile
to be in a fractious mood → essere irritabile or di cattivo umore
References in classic literature ?
I never see Uncle Silas speak up so sharp and fractious before.
Poor Clover has been a good deal troubled with her second teeth, which have made her meagre in aspect and rather fractious in temper; nor, even when she smiles, is the matter much mended, since it discloses a gap just within her lips, almost as wide as the barn door.
Then Thuvia was lifted to the least fractious thoat, Xodar and Carthoris mounted two others, and we set out at a rapid pace toward the east.
Daylight did not suggest anything, while he hung almost gleefully upon her actions in anticipation of what the fractious Bob was going to get.
The baby's awful fractious, and I'm clean worn out attending to him.
Whatever might have been his other deficiencies as an escort, Whiskey Dick was a good horseman, and, in spite of his fractious brute, exhibited such skill and confidence as to at once satisfy the young girls of his value to them in the management of their own horses, to whom side-saddles were still an alarming novelty.
He refuses to ride my mare because she was a little fractious yesterday.
Takes fractious spells occasionally, but mostly he's just vacant and good humored and harmless.
It's all right," she greeted him, coming out to the barn where he was unhitching a tired but fractious colt.
I, being the younger by five or six years, was always regarded as THE child, and the pet of the family: father, mother, and sister, all combined to spoil me--not by foolish indulgence, to render me fractious and ungovernable, but by ceaseless kindness, to make me too helpless and dependent--too unfit for buffeting with the cares and turmoils of life.
He got fractious and nervous, and I was obliged to let him go into the streets.
If I find it necessary to carry you away, pick-a-back, o' course I shall leave it the least bit o' time possible afore you; but allow me to express a hope as you won't reduce me to extremities; in saying wich, I merely quote wot the nobleman said to the fractious pennywinkle, ven he vouldn't come out of his shell by means of a pin, and he conseqvently began to be afeered that he should be obliged to crack him in the parlour door.