fractious

adjective frac·tious \ ˈfrak-shəs \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of fractious

1 : tending to be troublesome : unruly
  • a fractious crowd
2 : quarrelsome, irritable
  • a fractious political campaign

fractiously

adverb

fractiousness

noun

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Examples of fractious in a Sentence

  1. The fractious crowd grew violent.

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Did You Know?

The Latin verb frangere ("to break or shatter") has many modern English relations. Dishes that are "fragile" can break easily. A person whose health is easily broken might be described as "frail." A "fraction" is one of the many pieces into which a whole can be broken. But "fraction" also once meant "disharmony" or "discord" - that is, a "rupture in relations." From this noun sense came the adjective fractious, meaning "unruly" or "quarrelsome." Though the "disharmony" sense of the noun is now obsolete, "fractious" is still common today.

Origin and Etymology of fractious

fract(ion) (in sense "rupture, discord, breach of the peace") + -ious (after captious, factious)


FRACTIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

fractious

adjective

Definition of fractious for English Language Learners

  • : causing trouble : hard to manage or control

  • : full of anger and disagreement



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