contentious

  • 1 Contentious — Con*ten tious, a. [L. contentiosus: cf. F. contentieux.] 1. Fond of contention; given to angry debate; provoking dispute or contention; quarrelsome. [1913 Webster] Despotic and contentious temper. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 contentious — [kən ten′shəs] adj. [ME contencios < L contentiosus: see CONTENTION] 1. always ready to argue; quarrelsome 2. of or marked by contention 3. provoking or likely to provoke controversy [a contentious proposal] SYN. BELLIGERENT contentiously adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 contentious — I adjective aggressive, argumentative, bellicose, belligerent, cantankerous, captious, caviling, combative, competitive, contrary, contumacious, cross, discordant, disputatious, dissentious, factious, inimical, irascible, litigious, militant,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 contentious — c.1500, from M.Fr. contentieux, from L. contentiosus obstinate, quarrelsome, from contentionem (see CONTEND (Cf. contend)). Related: Contentiously; contentiousness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 contentious — quarrelsome, bellicose, *belligerent, pugnacious, combative Analogous words: *contrary, perverse, froward: captious, faultfinding, caviling, carping (see CRITICAL): *aggressive, militant Antonyms: peaceable Contrasted words: *pacific …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 contentious — [adj] quarrelsome antagonistic, argumentative, belligerent, combative, disagreeable, factious, perverse, petulant, querulous, testy; concepts 401,542 …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 contentious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) causing or likely to cause disagreement or controversy. 2) given to provoking argument. 3) Law relating to or involving differences between contending parties. DERIVATIVES contentiously adverb contentiousness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 contentious — [[t]kənte̱nʃəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A contentious issue causes a lot of disagreement or arguments. [FORMAL] Sanctions are expected to be among the most contentious issues. ...a country where land prices are politically contentious. Syn:… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 contentious — con|ten|tious [kənˈtenʃəs] adj 1.) causing a lot of argument and disagreement between people contentious issue/area/subject etc ▪ Animal welfare did not become a contentious issue until the late 1970s. 2.) someone who is contentious often argues… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 contentious — adjective 1) a contentious issue Syn: controversial, disputable, debatable, disputed, open to debate, vexed 2) a contentious debate Syn: heated, vehement, fierce, violent, intense, i …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 11 contentious — adjective Date: 15th century 1. likely to cause contention < a contentious argument > 2. exhibiting an often perverse and wearisome tendency to quarrels and disputes < a man of a most contentious nature > Synonyms: see belligerent • contentiously …

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  • 12 contentious — contentiously, adv. contentiousness, n. /keuhn ten sheuhs/, adj. 1. tending to argument or strife; quarrelsome: a contentious crew. 2. causing, involving, or characterized by argument or controversy: contentious issues. 3. Law. pertaining to… …

    Universalium

  • 13 contentious — adj. VERBS ▪ be, prove ▪ become ▪ remain ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very …

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  • 14 contentious — adjective 1 causing a lot of argument and disagreement between people: Animal welfare did not become a contentious issue until the late 1970s. 2 someone who is contentious often argues with people contentiously adverb contentiousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 contentious — adjective 1) a contentious issue Syn: controversial, debatable, disputed, open to debate, moot, vexed 2) contentious people Syn: quarrelsome, argumentative, confrontational; Brit …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 16 contentious — con•ten•tious [[t]kənˈtɛn ʃəs[/t]] adj. 1) tending to argument or strife; quarrelsome: a contentious crew[/ex] 2) causing, involving, or characterized by argument or controversy: contentious issues[/ex] 3) law pertaining to causes between… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 contentious — /kənˈtɛnʃəs/ (say kuhn tenshuhs) adjective 1. given to contention: a contentious crew. 2. characterised by contention: contentious issues. 3. Law relating to causes between contending parties. {Latin contentiōsus} –contentiously, adverb… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 contentious — See controversial, contentious …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 19 contentious — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. quarrelsome, argumentative, controversial, hostile; see controversial , quarrelsome 1 , unfriendly 2 . See Synonym Study at belligerent . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [kun TEN shus] quarrelsome. He …

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  • 20 contentious — con|ten|tious [ kən tenʃəs ] adjective 1. ) causing disagreement between people or groups: CONTROVERSIAL: Sex education in schools remains a highly contentious issue. 2. ) enjoying arguing with other people: ARGUMENTATIVE …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English