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Definition of "factious" []

  • Of, relating to, produced by, or characterized by internal dissension. (adjective)
  • Given to or promoting internal dissension. See Synonyms at insubordinate. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "factious" in a sentence
  • "Van Buren's opposition to the Adams administration has been called factious and unpatriotic."
  • "A week later the papers published letters of Dumouriez which showed that ever since the trial of the King the Girondin general had been factious, that is, had been as much inclined to turn his arms against Paris as against the Austrians."
  • "For disgrace; he tells them, they would fare but ill as to their reputations, but yet no worse than himself: they might be called factious, seditious; but when the master is called devil, the servant may well endure the name of rascal."