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

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Other Words from factious

factiously adverb
factiousness noun

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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 But in order to make Bannon’s vision a reality, Congress, in its divided, factious state, needs to be on board. Emily Jane Fox, The Hive, "Is Trump Already Throwing in the Towel on the Republican Party?," 26 Mar. 2017 Our discussion on Tuesday was about the consequences of that revelation in the factious Trump White House. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Love in the time of covfefe," 31 May 2017 Would this new and factious approach to daily living bleed into the Super Bowl? Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Lady Gaga’s All-American Super Bowl Halftime Show," 6 Feb. 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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