fractious fractious  /f ˈræk ʃəs/


  1. (adj) stubbornly resistant to authority or control
  2. (adj) easily irritated or annoyed
  3. (adj) unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome


  1. Dylan's fractious behavior landed him in detention more than a few times.
  2. It was easier to discover a new atomic particle than to preside over the fractious nuclear physics lab.


  1. Assad gains sharpen focus on arming Syrian rebels

    Washington/Paris (AFP) June 12, 2013 The advance of Syrian regime forces on opposition strongholds has thrust into the spotlight a fractious debate on whether Western nations should arm the rebels, with no decision yet in sight. British Foreign Secretary William Hague met in Washington on Wednesday with US Secretary of State John Kerry and made a passionate plea for Europe, the US and its allies ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Space War

  2. NY Senate leader: No to tax dollars for campaigns

    New York's effort to lead the nation against big money interests in politics and cap Gov. Andrew Cuomo's progressive agenda is now mired in the fractious Senate with just two weeks left in the legislative ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Senate stage set for immigration

    WASHINGTON - The Senate voted handily Tuesday to open the way for what will be a full if fractious debate on an immigration overhaul that would tighten border security, better track those who arrive on temporary visas and create a path toward citizenship for 11 million people living in the U.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Orange County Register


  1. "They will move into the old Applewhite house, and one of the gay men will just have a fractious, hateful relationship with Teri Hatcher," Cherry said. "We just started writing the episodes, so I probably won't start casting for another few...
    on Jul 31, 2007 By: Marc Cherry Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription)

  2. Columnist Peter Roebuck said the BCCI's chartering of a plane to whisk its players home if the case was lost was "one of the most nakedly aggressive actions taken in the history of a notoriously fractious game".
    on Jan 29, 2008 By: Peter Roebuck Source: New Zealand Herald

  3. "We grew up in a very fractious house with a lot of trauma, and my grandmother was one of those incredible grandparents ...... who actually provided the stability that we needed, both financial and emotional," said DiNovo, who lived on the...
    on Apr 24, 2008 By: Cheri DiNovo Source: Toronto Star

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