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

Nearby words

  1. faction,
  2. faction fight,
  3. factional,
  4. factionalism,
  5. factionalize,
  6. factiously,
  7. factitious,
  8. factitious disorder,
  9. factitiously,
  10. factitive

Origin of factious

1525–35; < Latin factiōsus fond of doing, busy, of a company or party, equivalent to facti- (see faction1) + -ōsus -ous

Related forms
Can be confusedfacetious factious factitious fictional fictitiousfactional factious fractious

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British Dictionary definitions for factiousness



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


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Word Origin and History for factiousness



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

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