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[fak-shuh s] /ˈfæk ʃəs/
given to faction; dissentious:
A factious group was trying to undermine the government.
pertaining to or proceeding from faction:
factious quarrels.
Origin of factious
1525-35; < Latin factiōsus fond of doing, busy, of a company or party, equivalent to facti- (see faction1) + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
factiously, adverb
factiousness, noun
nonfactious, adjective
nonfactiously, adverb
nonfactiousness, noun
overfactious, adjective
overfactiously, adverb
overfactiousness, noun
unfactious, adjective
unfactiously, adverb
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1. divisive, disputatious, mutinous, contentious. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for factious
  • factious criticism disturbs judgement and tends to unnerve.
  • Our politics have been self-willed, factious and vulgar.
  • Successful systems change will be greatly enhanced when factious messages are replaced by common messages.
  • Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government.
  • It would seem that she already sees ample reason to regret her factious folly.
British Dictionary definitions for factious


given to, producing, or characterized by faction
Derived Forms
factiously, adverb
factiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for factious

1530s, from Middle French factieux and directly from Latin factiosus "partisan, seditious, inclined to form parties," from factionem (see faction).

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