Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, produced by, or characterized by internal dissension.
  • adj. Given to or promoting internal dissension. See Synonyms at insubordinate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or caused by factions.
  • adj. Given to or characterized by discordance or insubordination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Given to faction; addicted to form parties and raise dissensions, in opposition to government or the common good; turbulent; seditious; prone to clamor against public measures or men; -- said of persons.
  • adj. Pertaining to faction; proceeding from faction; indicating, or characterized by, faction; -- said of acts or expressions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Given to faction; dissentious; promoting partizan views or aims by perverse or irregular means; turbulent.
  • Pertaining to or proceeding from faction; of a turbulent partizan character.
  • Active; urgent; zealous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. dissenting (especially dissenting with the majority opinion)

Etymologies

From the Latin factiosus "divisive; inclined to separate"; derivative of factio (Wiktionary)

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  • To be a bishop, a man must be learned in a learned age, factious in a factious age; but always of eminence.

    James Boswell, Life of Johnson

    July 26, 2011