1. [syn: dissentious, divisive, factious]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Factious \Fac"tious\ a. [L. factiosus: cf. F. factieux.]
1. Given to faction; addicted to form parties and raise
dissensions, in opposition to government or the common
good; turbulent; seditious; prone to clamor against public
measures or men; -- said of persons.
Factious for the house of Lancaster. --Shak.
2. Pertaining to faction; proceeding from faction;
indicating, or characterized by, faction; -- said of acts
or expressions; as, factious quarrels.
Headlong zeal or factious fury. --Burke.
-- Fac"tious*ly, adv. -- Fac"tious*ness, n.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: dissenting (especially dissenting with the majority
opinion) [syn: dissentious, divisive, factious]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
51 Moby Thesaurus words for "factious":
aggressive, alienated, argumentative, at loggerheads, at odds,
bellicose, belligerent, bickering, breakaway, combative,
conflicting, contending, contentious, contumacious, disaffected,
discordant, disputatious, divisive, eristic, estranged, extreme,
extremistic, factional, fighting, insurgent, insurrectionary,
irascible, irritable, litigious, mutineering, mutinous, partisan,
polarizing, polemic, pugnacious, quarrelsome, rebel, rebellious,
refractory, revolutional, revolutionary, riotous, seditionary,
seditious, shrewish, subversive, traitorous, treasonable,
turbulent, warring, wrangling