from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being factious; disposition to promote or take part in faction.

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  • noun The state of being factious.


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  • Putting a group of big-brand marketers in the same room can sometimes result in friction, factiousness and fisticuffs.

    Bill Robinson: When Marketing Minds Collide

  • What's instructive is to look at how the Obama campaign responded: challenge the facticity and factiousness of the ACORN story -- and get it explained about how ridiculous it is, and let the pictures of the McCain/Palin supporters diffuse themselves across the i-net.

    Colin Powell Endorses Obama

  • But with your own idea that under a single general there will be less factiousness than when there were many, be assured that in choosing some other than me you will not find me factious.


  • The passengers were sympathetic with one another, notwithstanding their recent factiousness, and were especially kind to a poor little brown baby, which they handed round and nursed by turns, but the heat, the filth, and the stench of the ship defied description.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • The Assembly continued, notwithstanding the war exigencies of the times, in their factiousness, as their persistence in some measures was considered.

    The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation Volume 1

  • The penal laws against the Catholics, the iniquitous restrictions on Irish trade and industry, the selfish factiousness of the parliament, the jobbery and corruption of administration, the absenteeism of the landlords, and all the other too familiar elements of that mischievous and fatal system, were then in full force.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"

  • The distribution to their own friends of the 'loaves and fishes' was, as Morier says, the one steady aim of all aspirants to power; and measures of reform, much needed in education, in commerce, in law, were doomed to sterility by the factiousness of the men who should have carried them out.

    Victorian Worthies Sixteen Biographies

  • Great leaders, like Sumner and Conkling, could not be burlesqued; they were more grotesque than ridicule could make them; even Grant, who rarely sparkled in epigram, became witty on their account; but their egotism and factiousness were no laughing matter.

    President Grant (1869)

  • The speech is aimed at the self-will and factiousness of Achilles and his disloyalty to Agamemnon.

    The Art of Letters

  • Whatever stress may be laid upon this, we find it hard to vindicate Burke from the charge of factiousness.



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