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Examples of fractious in a Sentence
The fractious crowd grew violent.
Recent Examples of fractious from the Web
A lot of that is thanks to the fan vote, which leaves the process of picking the league’s best of the best to a group that’s biased and fractious.
In a fractious party, everyone agreed that the Affordable Care Act was the wrong solution to what ailed the nation's health-care system, with too much government and too little freedom for consumers.
In times such as these, when even Twitter accounts become fractious, some people crave protest singers.
After a fractious week, legislators ended on time but, to get there, Negron overcame an embarrassing loss of confidence from his members for prematurely agreeing to a deal.
A fractious, disgruntled, country remains just that.
With her determination and self-belief, May was able to unite the fractious Conservative Party, split between mutually hostile pro-EU and anti-EU wings.
BATON ROUGE -- One of the Legislature's most fractious bills, an effort to affix the name of former state Rep. Jimmy Long Sr. to the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, passed the House on Monday (June 5) in a 56-43 vote.
Nixon came to see Saddam as a brutal but clever operator who, through manipulation and fear, maintained unity in his fractious country.
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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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