Definition of factious in US English:



  • Relating or inclined to a state of faction.

    ‘a factious country’
    • ‘Politicians were seen not only as factious, selfish, and incompetent; they were also regarded as corrupt.’
    • ‘These must be chiefly, if not wholly, effects of the unsteadiness and injustice with which a factious spirit has tainted our public administrations.’
    • ‘Sher Shah's son Islam Shah held on to power until 1553 and following his death the Sur dynasty lost most of its clout due to factious strife and severe famine.’
    • ‘He felt the Congress might be inclined to factious disputes and intrigues, but he also opposed giving unchecked power to a president.’
    • ‘From its romanticized beginnings to its factious present state - there are half a dozen forms of Capoeira currently in existence - the game is hard to pigeonhole.’
    • ‘But gender issues are political issues and, without a set of established principles to guide much of our social transitions, gender politics are like all politics - messy and factious.’
    • ‘Lee also allowed the factious sexual harassment case to become a media circus without careful consideration of the damage it might cause to Twu's family.’
    • ‘He hoped that Philip would unite the factious Greek cities into a confederacy and then turn to the great project of invading Persia.’
    • ‘In 1791 the main periodical in Lima denounced the cafe as a factious institution, likely to promote social disturbance.’
    • ‘Would President Lincoln have been able or willing to defend the sovereignty of these factious and slaveholding tribes?’
    • ‘Royal authority had been brought to a low ebb by Mary, and during James's minority the factious nobility lived in a state of civil war.’
    • ‘But this view of our history did not take root, and now the usual opinion on Bent is that he was a factious opponent of the good governor who stood up for convicts.’
    • ‘Politically he was naïvely ambitious and factious; he owes the epithet ‘Good’ only to his patronage of men of letters, including Lydgate and Capgrave.’
    • ‘As Mark E. Neely Jr. has suggested, party competition in the midst of the Civil War was deeply factious, leading some politicians to think ‘only of electoral victory in the short term.’’
    • ‘Arcand tells his story through a running montage of TV interviews and footage from a factious documentary filmmaker.’
    • ‘‘So easy still it proves in factious times, with public zeal to cancel private crimes’, wrote John Dryden.’
    • ‘A new government in which the dominant figure was Peter des Roches, bishop of Winchester, proved too factious to last.’
    divided, split, sectarian, schismatic, dissenting, contentious, discordant, conflicting, argumentative, disagreeing, disputatious, quarrelling, quarrelsome, clashing, warring, at variance, at loggerheads, at odds, disharmonious, tumultuous, turbulent, dissident, rebellious, insurrectionary, seditious, mutinous
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Mid 16th century: from French factieux or Latin factiosus, from factio (see faction).