factious

adjective fac·tious \ ˈfak-shəs \

Definition of factious

: of or relating to faction: such as
a : caused by faction
  • factious disputes
b : inclined to faction or the formation of factions
c : seditious

factiously

adverb

factiousness

noun

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Origin and Etymology of factious

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French factieux, borrowed from Latin factiōsus "busy, having powerful connections, of a faction, turbulent," from facti- (extracted from factiōn-, factiō "social set, group, faction") + -ōsus -ous



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