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fractious

[frak-shuh s] /ˈfræk ʃəs/
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
1715-1725
1715-25; fracti(on) + -ous
Related forms
fractiously, adverb
fractiousness, noun
unfractious, adjective
unfractiously, adverb
unfractiousness, noun
Can be confused
factional, factious, fractious.
Synonyms
1. stubborn, difficult. 2. testy, captious, petulant, snappish, pettish, waspish, touchy.
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British Dictionary definitions for un fractiousness

fractious

/ˈfrækʃəs/
adjective
1.
irritable
2.
unruly
Derived Forms
fractiously, adverb
fractiousness, noun
Usage note
Fractious is sometimes wrongly used where factious is meant: this factious (not fractious) dispute has split the party still further
Word Origin
C18: from (obsolete) fraction discord + -ous
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Word Origin and History for un fractiousness

fractious

adj.

1725, from fraction in an obsolete sense of "a brawling, discord" (c.1500) + -ous; probably on model of captious. Related: Fractiously; fractiousness.

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