fractious

[frak-shuhs]
adjective
1.
refractory or unruly: a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness.
2.
readily angered; peevish; irritable; quarrelsome: an incorrigibly fractious young man.

Origin:
1715–25; fracti(on) + -ous

fractiously, adverb
fractiousness, noun
unfractious, adjective
unfractiously, adverb
unfractiousness, noun

factional, factious, fractious.


1. stubborn, difficult. 2. testy, captious, petulant, snappish, pettish, waspish, touchy.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To fractious
Collins
World English Dictionary
fractious (ˈfrækʃəs)
 
adj
1.  irritable
2.  unruly
 
[C18: from (obsolete) fraction discord + -ous]
 
usage  Fractious is sometimes wrongly used where factious is meant: this factious (not fractious) dispute has split the party still further
 
'fractiously
 
adv
 
'fractiousness
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

fractious
1725, from fraction in an obsolete sense of "brawling, discord" + -ous; probably on model of captious. Related: Fractiousness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
As our own fractious moment shows, the world spins, but not always in the same
  direction.
There are two rollicking sailors in this fractious and excellent comedy.
He has led this potentially fractious process with great professionalism and
  evenhandedness.
Instead, it has stumbled into fractious internal squabbling.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature