Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Fractious'
- stubbornly resistant to authority or control; "a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness"; "a refractory child" [syn: refractory]
- 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]
- 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 \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
Syn: Snappish; peevish; waspish; cross; irritable; perverse;
pettish. -- Frac"tious*ly, v. -- Frac"tious*ness, n.
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.[See more about Fractious at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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Fractious Sample Sentences in News
- Sri Lanka escapes Commonwealth censure after fractious summit
By Frank Jack Daniel COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's human rights record was glaringly absent from a communiqué issued by Commonwealth leaders on Sunday at the end of a fractious summit dominated by allegations of war crimes during the bloody climax of the island's 26-year civil war. Sparks flew at the summit when British Prime Minister David Cameron thre Read more on this news related to 'Fractious'
- Cricket: Windies' star fades as islanders lose passion for cricket
Not so long ago all seemed set fair for West Indies cricket.They learned hard lessons, notably on their tour of Australia in 1975-76 when they were thumped 5-1 in a fractious series in which they felt the impact of brutal fast bowling,... Read more on this news related to 'Fractious'
- 'August: Osage County' director John Wells on family dynamics
Most families aren't as fractious or dysfunctional as the Weston clan of the upcoming drama "August: Osage County" (adapted from the Tracy Letts play), who gather for an explosive few days at the home of their matriarch in rural Oklahoma. But according to director John Wells, part of what makes "August: Osage County" so compelling is that j Read more on this news related to 'Fractious'