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 for fractious
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fractious \Frac"tious\, a. [Cf. Prov. E. frack forward, eager,
     E. freak, fridge; or Prov. E. fratch to squabble, quarrel.]
     Apt to break out into a passion; apt to scold; cross;
     snappish; ugly; unruly; as, a fractious man; a fractious
     horse.
  
     Syn: Snappish; peevish; waspish; cross; irritable; perverse;
          pettish. -- Frac"tious*ly, v. -- Frac"tious*ness, n.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fractious
      adj 1: stubbornly resistant to authority or control; "a
             fractious animal that would not submit to the harness";
             "a refractory child" [syn: fractious, refractory,
             recalcitrant]
      2: easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious young
         man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen" [syn:
         cranky, fractious, irritable, nettlesome, peevish,
         peckish, pettish, petulant, scratchy, testy,
         tetchy, techy]
      3: unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be
         troublesome; "rockets were much too fractious to be tested
         near thickly populated areas"; "fractious components of a
         communication system"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  134 Moby Thesaurus words for "fractious":
     adversary, adversative, adverse, alien, antagonistic, anti,
     antipathetic, antithetic, at odds, averse, bearish, beyond control,
     bitchy, breachy, cankered, cantankerous, churlish, clashing,
     competitive, complaining, con, conflicting, contradictory,
     contrary, contumacious, counter, crabbed, cranky, cross,
     cross-grained, crusty, cursory, cussed, defiant, differing,
     disaccordant, disagreeable, disagreeing, disinclined, disobedient,
     disputatious, disputing, dissentient, dissenting, enemy, excitable,
     feisty, forced, fretful, hostile, huffish, huffy,
     impatient of control, incorrigible, indisposed, indocile,
     indomitable, inimical, insuppressible, intractable, involuntary,
     irascible, irrepressible, irritable, mean, mutinous, negative,
     noncooperative, objecting, obstinate, obstreperous, obstructive,
     on the barricades, opponent, opposed, opposing, opposite,
     oppositional, oppositive, oppugnant, ornery, out of hand,
     overthwart, peevish, perfunctory, perverse, pettish, petulant,
     proof against, protesting, querulous, rebellious, recalcitrant,
     refractory, reluctant, renitent, repellent, repugnant, resistant,
     resisting, resistive, restive, retardant, retardative, rival,
     shrewish, snappish, spiteful, spleeny, splenetic, sulky, sullen,
     testy, ugly, unbiddable, unconsenting, uncontrollable,
     uncooperative, undisciplined, unfavorable, unfriendly,
     ungovernable, unmalleable, unmanageable, unmoldable, unpropitious,
     unruly, unsubmissive, unwilling, unyielding, up in arms, waspish,
     wild, withstanding
  
  

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