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fractious

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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fractiousfrac‧tious /ˈfrækʃəs/ adjective  DHBANGRYsomeone who is fractious becomes angry very easily syn irritable Children become fractious when they are tired.fractious baby/child etcfractiousness noun [uncountable]
Examples from the Corpus
fractiousRepublicans have a fractious debate led by pro-choice governors, including California Gov.Many latter-day Democrats believe that he was uniquely poised to hold together the New Deal's fractious electoral majority.Maggie grew up in a large, fractious family.The opening scenes of this fractious heist movie see him at his most acute.I muttered like a fractious housewife.Chopra moved between them, calming their fractious nerves.For not long after his return, Midvale-now like a family to him, if sometimes a fractious one-began to unravel.Admittedly, they went to North Carolina as a fractious team with too many cliques.fractious baby/child etcIf we get any fractious children we always send for Helen.
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