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Given to, characterized by, or promoting internal dissension. See Synonyms at insubordinate.

fac′tious·ly adv.
fac′tious·ness n.


given to, producing, or characterized by faction
ˈfactiously adv
ˈfactiousness n
Usage: Fractious is sometimes wrongly used where factious is meant: this factious (not fractious) dispute has split the party still further


(ˈfæk ʃəs)

1. given to faction; dissentious.
2. pertaining to or proceeding from faction: factious quarrels.
[1525–35; < Latin factiōsus belonging to a faction]
fac′tious•ly, adv.
fac′tious•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.factious - dissenting (especially dissenting with the majority opinion)
discordant - not in agreement or harmony; "views discordant with present-day ideas"


[ˈfækʃəs] ADJfaccioso


adj (liter)streitsüchtig, händelsüchtig; quarrellingkleinlich, engherzig
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