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

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Other Words from factious

factiously adverb
factiousness noun

Examples of factious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "OPINION | G. RUSSELL HOLT: Path to civility," 14 Feb. 2021 Mr Morsi and his allies never got a grip on Egypt’s factious state. The Economist, "Muhammad Morsi, Egypt’s only democratic ruler, dies in court," 17 June 2019 Even after successive purges, the administration remains leaky and factious. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump attacks Kavanaugh accuser," 25 Sep. 2018 The more fractured and factious this country becomes, the more a play like Mrs. Harrison will matter. Jim Rutter, Philly.com, "'Mrs. Harrison' at the Azuka Theatre: Power and promise, here, now, everywhere," 9 May 2018 Parscale himself is not without critics in Trump’s factious political circle. Washington Post, "Trump names campaign manager for re-election bid," 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, "Reddit’s campaign against hate speech worked," 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, "Republicans Are in Control. Why Is Nothing Working?," 18 July 2017 But in order to make Bannon’s vision a reality, Congress, in its divided, factious state, needs to be on board. Emily Jane Fox, vanityfair.com, "Is Trump Already Throwing in the Towel on the Republican Party?," 26 Mar. 2017

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Factious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factious. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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