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Examples of fractious in a Sentence
The fractious crowd grew violent.
Recent Examples of fractious from the Web
Nixon came to see Saddam as a brutal but clever operator who, through manipulation and fear, maintained unity in his fractious country.
More horse racing: Apprentice Carlos Carrasco was shaken up when his mount, Fifty West, became fractious in the starting gate before Monday's ninth race at Pimlico.
When May called the snap election last month, her opponents were weak and fractious.
Now the administration has renovated WhiteHouse.gov’s sleepy political real estate and transformed it into an up-to-the-second focal point in the increasingly fractious yet fascinating battle over the tax bill.
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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
fraction (discord) + -ous
First Known Use: 1714See Words from the same year
FRACTIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fractious for English Language Learners
: causing trouble : hard to manage or control
: full of anger and disagreement
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