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  • n. The quality of being fractious; trouble-making; unruliness.
  • n. A peevish or cranky nature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being fractious; a fractious or snappish temper.

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

  • n. the trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of discipline


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See fractious


  • Again he strove for playfulness of speech, but it was too great a moment for even love fractiousness to enter in.

    Chapter XXIV

  • Sure black is cool, and night is far less stodgy than sunlit cities – but fractiousness and contrariness were not the source of your reversals in characters like Martin Martel, or the initial ‘illusion’ so to speak that the good guys wore black in Recluce.

    Being A Realist « L.E. Modesitt, Jr. – The Official Website

  • But the incivility that we're seeing, the fractiousness of our political life, the nativism that we're seeing right now - it's a very angry country.

    More Americans Giving Up On The American Dream

  • Unlike in the U.S., where a single government administered the tests, CEBS has had to herd 20 different nations to the finish line, and that fractiousness has undercut transparency about the test methodology.

    European Banks Brace for Stress Tests

  • These battles frequently spill over to become global contests, particularly in Israel where the Ashkenazi ideal of fractiousness has been taken to absurd extremes.

    Understanding the Sephardi-Ashkenazi Split

  • For all the fractiousness and infighting that constantly takes place in the Jewish world, the vast majority of those whose voices are heard so loudly and often piercingly in the discourse are closely united by their history and culture, a history that begins and ends in the Shtetls of Europe.

    Understanding the Sephardi-Ashkenazi Split

  • Even with the big gains Wednesday, analysts said the fractiousness isn't likely to soon disappear.

    U.S. Stocks Rebound On Housing News

  • Bayh cited the lack of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill as his main reason for leaving, adding to skepticism that the fractiousness in Washington can be repaired and undermining President Obama's efforts to build bridges.

    Josh Mull: Rethink Afghanistan: Broken Government's Body Count

  • He suggests only that in time, we will become so weary of our punitive politics that the system will, out of necessity, "outgrow" or "outlive" its current fractiousness.

    Fight Club

  • At least these people are trying to be honest with themselves and each other, trying to fashion lives that contain less drudgery, fractiousness, and fear, more pleasure and meaning.



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  • From p. 7 of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: "His speaking voice, a gruff husky tenor, added to the impression of fractiousness he conveyed."

    September 29, 2012