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  1. given to faction; dissentious: A factious group was trying to undermine the government.
  2. pertaining to or proceeding from faction: factious quarrels.
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Origin of factious

1525–35; < Latin factiōsus fond of doing, busy, of a company or party, equivalent to facti- (see faction1) + -ōsus -ous
Related formsfac·tious·ly, adverbfac·tious·ness, nounnon·fac·tious, adjectivenon·fac·tious·ly, adverbnon·fac·tious·ness, nouno·ver·fac·tious, adjectiveo·ver·fac·tious·ly, adverbo·ver·fac·tious·ness, nounun·fac·tious, adjectiveun·fac·tious·ly, adverb
Can be confusedfacetious factious factitious fictional fictitiousfactional factious fractious


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Historical Examples

  • A right that Cato or Phocion would have prized, though it may sometimes have been frivolously or factiously exercised!

    Constitutional History of England, volume 3 of 3

    Henry Hallam

British Dictionary definitions for factiously


  1. given to, producing, or characterized by faction
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Derived Formsfactiously, adverbfactiousness, noun


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Word Origin and History for factiously



1530s, from Middle French factieux and directly from Latin factiosus "partisan, seditious, inclined to form parties," from factionem (see faction).

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