Fractious meaning

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The definition of fractious is someone who is bad tempered, or someone or something that is difficult to control.

An example of fractious is a group of angry protesters.

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Inclined to make trouble; unruly.
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Having a peevish nature; cranky.
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Hard to manage; unruly; rebellious; refractory.
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Peevish; irritable; cross.
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Origin of fractious

  • From fraction discord (obsolete)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • fraction (“discord, (now obsolete)”) +‎ -ous
    From Wiktionary