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1. Given to contention; quarrelsome. See Synonyms at argumentative.
2. Involving or causing contention; controversial: "a central and contentious element of the book" (Tim W. Ferguson).

con·ten′tious·ly adv.
con·ten′tious·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contentiousness - an inclination to be quarrelsome and contentiouscontentiousness - an inclination to be quarrelsome and contentious
disagreeableness - an ill-tempered and offensive disposition
litigiousness - a quarrelsome disposition to engage in or carry on lawsuits; "charges of litigiousness and widespread perjury"


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The result is that the young man, hearing and seeing all these thing-- hearing too, the words of his father, and having a nearer view of his way of life, and making comparisons of him and others--is drawn opposite ways: while his father is watering and nourishing the rational principle in his soul, the others are encouraging the passionate and appetitive; and he being not originally of a bad nature, but having kept bad company, is at last brought by their joint influence to a middle point, and gives up the kingdom which is within him to the middle principle of contentiousness and passion, and becomes arrogant and ambitious.
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That contentiousness rears its head in Pine's review, but I for one do not feel inclined to laugh.
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It was inevitable that contentiousness would veer into excess, and Ephrem contributed to the acrimony.
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