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fraction (discord, (now obsolete)) +‎ -ous



fractious (comparative more fractious, superlative most fractious)

  1. given to troublemaking
  2. irritable; argumentative; quarrelsome
    • 2012 November 7, Matt Bai, “Winning a Second Term, Obama Will Confront Familiar Headwinds”, New York Times:
      That brief moment after the election four years ago, when many Americans thought Mr. Obama’s election would presage a new, less fractious political era, now seems very much a thing of the past.
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Smith, Elder & Company, London, page 228,
      …in his present fractious mood, she dared whisper no observations, nor ask of him any information.


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