factious, factitious, fractious
Factious means ‘characterized by faction or dissension’, as in factious quarrelling, whereas factitious means ‘contrived, artificial’, as in factitious reasoning; both words are related to Latin facere ‘to do’ but there is no overlap in meaning. Fractious has nothing to do with either but is sometimes confused with factious; it means ‘irritable, peevish’, as in a fractious child. In the following sentence factious is presumably the word intended:

• In this chapter we have traced the fractious history of relations between ethnic groups in America and the larger ‘races’ which encompass these —R. Singh, 2003.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Factious — Fac tious a. [L. factiosus: cf. F. factieux.] 1. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • factious — I adjective argumentative, at loggerheads, at odds, bellicose, cantankerous, combative, contentious, controversial, contumacious, disagreeing, discordant, disputatious, dissenting, dissident, divergent, divided, divisive, hostile, implacable,… …   Law dictionary

  • factious — 1530s, from M.Fr. factieux and directly from L. factiosus partisan, seditious, inclined to form parties, from factionem (see FACTION (Cf. faction)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • factious — contumacious, seditious, mutinous, rebellious, *insubordinate Analogous words: contending, fighting, warring (see CONTEND): contentious, quarrelsome (see BELLIGERENT): disaffected, estranged, alienated (see ESTRANGE) Antonyms: cooperative… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • factious — [adj] conflicting, warring alienated, belligerent, contending, contentious, contumacious, disaffected, disputatious, dissident, divisive, estranged, fighting, hostile, insubordinate, insurgent, insurrectionary, litigious, malcontent, mutinous,… …   New thesaurus

  • factious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating or inclined to dissension. DERIVATIVES factiously adverb factiousness noun. ORIGIN Latin factiosus, from facere do, make …   English terms dictionary

  • factious — [fak′shəs] adj. [L factiosus < factio] 1. producing or tending to produce faction; causing dissension 2. produced or characterized by faction factiously adv. factiousness n …   English World dictionary

  • factious — factiously, adv. factiousness, n. /fak sheuhs/, adj. 1. given to faction; dissentious: A factious group was trying to undermine the government. 2. pertaining to or proceeding from faction: factious quarrels. [1525 35; < L factiosus fond of doing …   Universalium

  • factious — /ˈfækʃəs / (say fakshuhs) adjective 1. acting only in the interests of a group or faction: factious opposition. 2. caused by factional spirit or strife: factious quarrels. {Latin factiōsus} –factiously, adverb –factiousness, noun …   Australian-English dictionary

  • factious — adjective Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French factieux, from Latin factiosus, from factio Date: 1532 of or relating to faction: as a. caused by faction < factious disputes > b. inclined to faction or the formation of factions c.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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