factious

adjective
fac·​tious | \ ˈfak-shəs How to pronounce factious (audio) \

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

Other Words from factious

factiously adverb
factiousness noun

Examples of factious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just like that, a factious age of political gridlock and a problematic romance are born. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 14 Sep. 2021 The road back to a united nation will be paved with virtuous acts of a virtuous people who act independently in both deeds and thoughts from the factious fanatics. Arkansas Online, 14 Feb. 2021 Mr Morsi and his allies never got a grip on Egypt’s factious state. The Economist, 17 June 2019 Even after successive purges, the administration remains leaky and factious. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, 25 Sep. 2018 The more fractured and factious this country becomes, the more a play like Mrs. Harrison will matter. Jim Rutter, Philly.com, 9 May 2018 Parscale himself is not without critics in Trump’s factious political circle. Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2018 Having an example of successful moderation from a community as large and factious as Reddit may make the case that other sites can intervene successfully. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 27 Sep. 2017 These must be chiefly, if not wholly, effects of the unsteadiness and injustice with which a factious spirit has tainted our public administrations. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 18 July 2017 See More

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First Known Use of factious

circa 1527, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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“Factious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factious. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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