• WordNet 3.6
    • n fractiousness the trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of discipline
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fractiousness The quality of being fractious; a fractious or snappish temper.
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In literature:

She was fractious and high tempered.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
She felt, and conducted herself, like a fractious child.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
Opposite, a tired-looking mother sat with two fractious children, going home from the fair.
"Dick Lionheart" by Mary Rowles Jarvis
This nigger has been fractious and contrary, and I've sworn that he shall work out his time.
"The Colonel's Dream" by Charles W. Chesnutt
His drinking continu'd, about which we sometimes quarrel'd; for, when a little intoxicated, he was very fractious.
"Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin" by Benjamin Franklin
He was a doctor and very fractious and exact.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
How silly, unreasonable, and fractious I had been!
"Cat and Dog" by Julia Charlotte Maitland
The children took charge; they grew more and more fractious, unruly.
"Brother Copas" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
You are old enough to know better, and yet you behave like a fractious child.
"Menhardoc" by George Manville Fenn
I waited some time before they arrived, Braisted's deer having become fractious and run back with him to the house.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
This fractious Governor has set his heart on hangin' him.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
He was a fractious urchin, and most exacting, but her patience, her good-nature, never failed.
"A Book of Ghosts" by Sabine Baring-Gould
Now and then Dil had to leave off and comfort the fractious babies.
"In Wild Rose Time" by Amanda M. Douglas
One knows that in this respect sick people are very like fractious children.
"The Lost Heir" by G. A. Henty
A lass will get fractious, you know, when a fellow is expected, and don't come up to time, and follow one up, you understand.
"Norston's Rest" by Ann S. Stephens
Don't be so fractious, Anthony!
"The Brass Bottle" by F. Anstey
I call it the thought of a peevish, froward, fractious child.
"Judith Shakespeare" by William Black
But it was past her bed-time, and she was fractious with all the upset.
"Nurse Heatherdale's Story" by Mary Louisa Molesworth
The dampness retarded Gladys' recovery, and she was fractious and troublesome.
"A Colony of Girls" by Kate Livingston Willard
Afternoons he frequently drove one: a ramping bay mare with a fractious temper and a set of gifted heels.
"Local Color" by Irvin S. Cobb

In news:

The fractious Bosnians busily unravel international efforts to repair their social fabric.
'Luck' has Dustin Hoffman , the 'Degenerates' and fractious, thoroughbred producers.
The poor performance, the party's worst since the founding of the West German state in 1949, appeared likely to weaken Mr Kohl's personal authority within a fractious coalition.
Get ready for an "everybody welcome" election in April , when six seats on our powerful, ill-paid, and mildly fractious council will be up for grabs.
Lethal mix of attack ads, fractious party culture helped bring down Bob Rae.
The fractious parties in the coalition may choose to regroup and reassess during this period when the nation's attention is focused on the US election and the horrific child abuse scandals casting a shadow on major institutions.
For four years, the leader most capable of unifying the fractious Republican Party has been Barack Obama.
For four years, the leader most unifying of the fractious Republican Party has been President Barack Obama.
It's been an ugly, fractious battle ever since.
CAIRO — A fractious coalition opposed to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi urged its followers Wednesday to vote "no" on a contentious Islamist-backed draft constitution rather than boycott the referendum altogether.
Get ready for an " everybody welcome" election in April, when six seats on our powerful, ill-paid, and mildly fractious council will be up for grabs.
NBC News — The fractious Syrian opposition put differences aside to rally behind a new leader and new coalition.
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria's fractious opposition groups began negotiations in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday to forge a more unified front to reshape the political landscape in a bloody conflict that claims more than 100 lives virtually every day.
San Bernardino City Council has a long running history of fractious politics.
ANKARA, Turkey — American diplomats are struggling to prevent a seismic shift in Turkey's policy toward Iraq , a change that US officials fear could split the foundations of that fractious state.