Origin of contentious
Examples from the Web for contentious
A new study released today in Obstetrics & Gynecology could close this contentious question for good.Abortion Complications Are Rare, No Matter What the Right Says|Samantha Allen|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Arkansas has long had a contentious relationship with alcohol.
It became a model, rarely emulated, of how digital tools can be used to find common ground in a contentious society.
Those that are hesitant about Powell may point to her contentious “resignation” as the first female ambassador to India in March.
The priests conclude that there is common ground on even the most contentious topics that pit science versus spirituality.Pope Francis Asked ‘Would You Baptize an Alien?’ Here’s the Answer.|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However, there was nothing rasping or contentious about the interview.The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II|Burton J. Hendrick
An Old Man, afflicted with a family of contentious Sons, brought in a bundle of sticks and asked the young men to break it.Fantastic Fables|Ambrose Bierce
Byllinge and Fenwick, though turned Quakers, seem to have retained some of the contentious Cromwellian spirit of their youth.The Quaker Colonies|Sydney G. Fisher
In her appearance on our wordy and contentious stage I see the commencement of a new era of things.
"A man shouldn't speak more than twice in his first session, and not at first on too contentious a topic," said Sir Edward.The New Machiavelli|Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for contentious
Word Origin and History for contentious
c.1500, from Middle French contentieux, from Latin contentiosus "obstinate, quarrelsome," from contentionem (see contend). Related: Contentiously; contentiousness.