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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

factious

\FAK-shuhs\ , adjective;
1.
Given to faction; addicted to form parties and raise dissensions, in opposition to government or the common good; turbulent; seditious; prone to clamor against public measures or men; -- said of persons.
2.
Pertaining to faction; proceeding from faction; indicating, or characterized by, faction; -- said of acts or expressions; as, factious quarrels.
Quotes:
Despite Washington's considerable leverage with the ethnic Albanians, it was unclear whether the province's factious leadership understood the message.
-- Danica Kirka, "Rubin to Kosovars: Avoid Violence", Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2000
Many nobles sought good government, rather than being factious, and were only forced into war by the king's incompetence.
-- "Cade's Rebellion, History of United Kingdom,", Encyclopedia Britannica
Nearly four months after the independent counsel, Kenneth Starr, delivered his report of possible impeachable offenses to the House, the Judiciary Committee will launch the final chapter of its factious inquiry this week, debating the merits of impeachment before taking its vote.
-- Lizette Alvarez, "Republicans Offer Clinton Lawyers 2 Days for Defense", New York Times, December 7, 1998
Origin:
Factious derives from Latin factiosus, from factio, a party, a group of people, especially a political party, faction, or side.
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