Definition of fractious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfrækʃəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrækʃəs//
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  1. 1bad-tempered or easily upset, especially by small things synonym irritable Children often get fractious and tearful when tired.
  2. 2(formal) making trouble and complaining The six fractious republics are demanding autonomy.
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from fraction, probably on the pattern of the pair faction, factious.
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