fractious

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adjective frac·tious \ˈfrak-shəs\

Definition of fractious

  1. 1 :  tending to be troublesome :  unruly <a fractious crowd>

  2. 2 :  quarrelsome, irritable

fractiously

adverb

fractiousness

noun

Examples of fractious in a sentence

  1. The fractious crowd grew violent.

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: 1714


FRACTIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

fractious

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adjective frac·tious \ˈfrak-shəs\

Definition of fractious for English Language Learners

  • : causing trouble : hard to manage or control

  • : full of anger and disagreement


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