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fractious (FRAK-shuhs) adjective
1. Irritable; cranky.
[From Middle English fraccioun, from Late Latin fraction-, stem of fractio (act of breaking), from Latin fractus, past participle of Latin frangere (to break). Ultimately from Indo-European root bhreg- (to break) that's also the progenitor of words such as break, breach, fraction, and fragile.]
"Filling the streets from curb to curb, the normally fractious Lebanese
set aside political and religious differences to unite in an unprecedented
outpouring of anger at Syrian meddling in their affairs."
"President Bush welcomed the fractious members of the National Governors
Association to the White House yesterday morning."
See more usage examples of fractious in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
And none will hear the postman's knock / Without a quickening of the heart. / For who can bear to feel himself forgotten? -W.H. Auden, poet (1907-1973)
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