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Fa'ctious. adj. [factieux, French.]

  1. Given to faction; loud and violent in a party; publickly dissensious; addicted to form parties and raise publick disturbances.

    He is a traitor; let him to the Tower,
    And crop away that factious pate of his.
    Shakes. Hen. VI.

    Be factious for redress of all these griefs. Shak. Jul. Cæsar.

  2. Proceeding from publick dissensions; tending to publick discord.

    Grey-headed men and grave, with warriors mix'd,
    Assemble; and harangues are heard; but soon
    In factious opposition.
    Milton's Paradise Lost, b. xi. l. 664.

    Factious tumults overbore the freedom and honour of the two houses. King Charles.

    Why these factious quarrels, controversies, and battles amongst themselves, when they were all united in the same design? Dryden's Juvenal, Dedication.

Sources: Charles I (27) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 2 (49) · Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (42) · Milton, John (449)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · French (385)

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