What does the word factious mean?

Usage examples for factious

  1. And so walked over the Park to White Hall, and there met Sir H. Cholmly, who walked with me, and told me most of the news I heard last night of the Parliament; and thinks they will do all things very well, only they will be revenged of my Lord Chancellor; and says, however, that he thinks there will be but two things proved on him; and that one is, that he may have said to the King, and to others, words to breed in the King an ill opinion of the Parliament- that they were factious, and that it was better to dissolve them: and this, he thinks, they will be able to prove; but what this will amount to, he knows not. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  2. He may oppose the attempts of factious individuals to sow among the ignorant the seeds of discontent, tumult, or discord. – The Philosophy of the Moral Feelings by John Abercrombie
  3. Let me act, and fire the cannon; there will be some bloodshed, but to- morrow evening the strength will be on the side of law, and the factious will have had their account settled." – The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17 by Charles Francis Horne