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Fractious Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    fractious adj
  1. stubbornly resistant to authority or control; "a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness"; "a refractory child" [syn: refractory]
  2. easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen" [syn: cranky, irritable, nettlesome, peevish, peckish, pettish, petulant, testy, tetchy, techy]
  3. unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome; "rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thigkly populated areas"; "fractious components of a communication system"
Fractious Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fractious \Frac"tious\, a. [Cf. Prov. E. frack forward, eager, E. freak, fridge; or Prov. E. fratch to squabble, quarrel.] Apt to break out into a passion; apt to scold; cross; snappish; ugly; unruly; as, a fractious man; a fractious horse. Syn: Snappish; peevish; waspish; cross; irritable; perverse; pettish. -- Frac"tious*ly, v. -- Frac"tious*ness, n.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Fractious'

A pet peeve (or pet hate) is a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to him or her, to a greater degree than others may find it.

Its first usage was around 1919.

Pet peeves often involve specific behaviors of someone close, such as a spouse or significant other.

A key aspect of a pet peeve is that it may well seem acceptable to others. For example, a supervisor may have a pet peeve about people leaving the lid on the copier up and react angrily, be annoyed when others interrupt when speaking, or by messy desks of his or her subordinates. That same supervisor may witness employees coming into work late, and not feel any annoyance whatsoever.

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    Iraq's fractious parliament elected a speaker on Tuesday, setting the stage for the government formation process to move forward after extensive delays. Read more on this news related to 'Fractious'
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    Iraq's fractious parliament elected a speaker Tuesday after two failed sittings, with Salim al-Juburi winning comfortably according to a tally announced live on state television. Juburi won 194 out of the 273 votes cast, with most of the rest deemed invalid and only 19 going to his only rival, an obscure candidate elected to parliament on a secular list. The s Read more on this news related to 'Fractious'

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