refractory or unruly: a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness.
readily angered; peevish; irritable; quarrelsome: an incorrigibly fractious young man.
- frac·tious·ly, adverb
- frac·tious·ness, noun
- un·frac·tious, adjective
- un·frac·tious·ly, adverb
- un·frac·tious·ness, noun
- factious, fractious
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How to use fractious in a sentence
The post Google’s delayed cookie cull is an inevitable intermission to its fractious pursuit of privacy protections appeared first on Digiday.Google’s delayed cookie cull is an inevitable intermission to its fractious pursuit of privacy protections | Seb Joseph | June 25, 2021 | Digiday
It’s been a fractious and scary year, but these pandemic babies will still laugh deliriously at the smallest of forgotten joys, like squeezing mashed potatoes through their fingers or grabbing the dog’s nose.
On the other hand, there’s no way to know the Taliban’s true intentions or whether the often fractious group has a united view.The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Reality of Afghanistan | Tracy Moran | April 28, 2021 | Ozy
In her stories, everyday problems — the challenges of managing an unwieldy paper route, dealing with a fractious sibling or coping with an absent parent — became tales of triumph.Beverly Cleary, beloved author who chronicled schoolyard scrapes and feisty kids, dies at 104 | Harrison Smith, Becky Krystal | March 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Companies that collectively pour millions of dollars each year into campaigns through employee-funded PACs are registering their worry and anger about last week’s chaos with a reexamination of their role in powering the nation’s fractious politics.Campaign finance system rocked as firms pause or halt contributions after election results challenged | Todd Frankel, Jeff Stein, Tony Romm | January 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Relationships in her "blood family," a distinction her brother pointedly made at her funeral, were often strained and fractious.
Starting with the House, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was largely successful in keeping his fractious caucus largely in check.2014 New Year’s Resolutions for the D.C. Political Establishment | Ron Christie | January 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The story told on these walls is a fractured and fractious one that consciously resists an easy narrative.Finally, an Accurate Look Back at AIDS Activism in ‘Why We Fight’ | Hugh Ryan | December 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was well aware of the fractious history between Congress and the White House on Gitmo and was determined to start anew.Congress Cooperates, Obama Pushes Hard, and Closing Gitmo Has a Chance | Daniel Klaidman | December 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
We are a troubled and fractious country, in a difficult neighbourhood.
"I felt tired because I met no one I cared for," she answered, in rather fractious tones.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
He could not think of one, for being alone made him feel fractious, yet he could not bear to meet any one.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII. | Guy de Maupassant
We expect to be caught with chaff, like fractious colts coquetting with the halter and secretly not unwilling to be caught.Unveiling a Parallel | Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
He had been regarding with interest a shackled-kneed varlet holding a halberd in his arms as if it had been a fractious bairn.Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
In her secret heart Eunice knew that when her sister was tired out she was fractious; she loved her too well to say cross words.A Little Girl in Old Salem | Amanda Minnie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for fractious
- fractiously, adverb
- fractiousness, noun
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