V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. headstrong, irritable, and stubbornly inclined to make trouble; 2. volatile and unpredictably difficult in operation

Synonyms: intractable, irritable, hostile, antagonistic, recalcitrant, incompliant, unruly, touchy, unmanageable, volatile, difficult

Antonyms: accommodating, manageable

Tips: To learn the word fractious, think, to fracture (break) the peace or ease of a situation. Someone who is fractious likes to cause trouble and make things difficult for others. Fractious machinery may require extensive safety precautions. A fractious system, or department within a large entity, is one which is not well managed or organized.

Usage Examples:

The fractious bull was inclined to gore anyone in its path. (hostile, volitile)

A heavy workload and the stress of a tight deadline created a fractious environment within the team. (irritable, hostile, touchy)

The substitute teacher couldn't manage the overly fractious class, so she got up and quit on the spot. (unruly, unmanageable)

I am so glad I don't work there anymore; the fractious working environment made it impossible to get anything done, and work was never enjoyable. (volatile, hostile, difficult)

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