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Examples of fractious in a sentence
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
Definition of fractious for English Language Learners
: causing trouble : hard to manage or control
: full of anger and disagreement
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