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Related to fractiously: pettishness


1. Inclined to make trouble; unruly.
2. Having a peevish nature; cranky.

[From fraction, discord (obsolete).]

frac′tious·ly adv.
frac′tious·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.fractiously - in a peevish manner
2.fractiously - in a fractious manner; "the horse was behaving fractiously and refused to jump"
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A game that had bubbled fractiously along finally boiled over with a quarter of an hour to go when Vaughan was shown a straight red card for an incident that left Clayton Donaldson clutching his face.
Flow-based and place-based logics often fractiously collided in the marketplace.
However uneasily and fractiously, liberals and radicals share a basic understanding about what they loathe and about what the world will look like when they succeed in removing its injustices.
Robinson's democratic approach, however, stokes discord amid a collective already fractiously divided along cultural lines, with the boat's Russian and British crew members (the latter faction joined by wild-card Australian diver Fraser, played by a very ripe Ben Mendelsohn) conspiring viciously against each other.
On the other hand, a different cabinet member, Jeremy Hunt, tells us that we are a wicked lot of people, who are banishing our elderly parents to live together in old peoples' homes, when we should be doing what Chinese peasants always did, because they never had any other choice, namely, getting all three generations to bunk up together, living fractiously on top of each other.