factious

  • 1 factious — 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… …

    Modern English usage

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

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

    New thesaurus

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 factious —  , factitious  Factious applies to factions; it is something that promotes internal bickering or disharmony. Factitious applies to that which is artificial or a sham; applause for a despotic ruler may be factitious. Neither should be confused… …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 13 factious — adjective factious parties have weakened the movement Syn: divided, split, schismatic, discordant, conflicting, argumentative, disagreeing, disputatious, quarreling, quarrelsome, clashing, warring, at loggerheads, at odds, rebellious, mutinous… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 factious — fac•tious [[t]ˈfæk ʃəs[/t]] adj. 1) given to faction; dissentious 2) pertaining to or proceeding from faction: factious quarrels[/ex] • Etymology: 1525–35; < L factiōsus belonging to a faction fac′tious•ly, adv. fac′tious•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 factious — adjective a) Of, pertaining to, or caused by factions. b) Given to or characterized by discordance or insubordination …

    Wiktionary

  • 16 factious — Synonyms and related words: aggressive, alienated, argumentative, at loggerheads, at odds, bellicose, belligerent, bickering, breakaway, combative, conflicting, contending, contentious, contumacious, disaffected, discordant, disputatious,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 factious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. contentious, dissentious (see dissent, contention). Ant., cooperative. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. dissident, seditious, divisive, contentious; see opposing 1 , quarrelsome 1 . III (Roget s 3… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 factious — fac·tious || fækʃəs adj. tending to form factions, dissentious; of or pertaining to factions …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 factious — [ fakʃəs] adjective relating or inclined to dissension. Derivatives factiously adverb factiousness noun Origin C16: from Fr. factieux or L. factiosus, from factio (see faction1) …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 factious — a. 1. Turbulent, seditious, refractory, recalcitrant, rebellious, given to faction. 2. Full of faction, proceeding from faction, seditious, rebellious …

    New dictionary of synonyms