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Definition of Contentious


  1. Fond of contention; given to angry debate; provoking dispute or contention; quarrelsome.
  2. Relating to contention or strife; involving or characterized by contention.
  3. Contested; litigated; litigious; having power to decide controversy.

Contentious Quotations

The scrum and the tackle are the two really contentious areas of the game. If you get those two aspects right, most rugby matches will work in your favour.
Alan Lewis

Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.
Thomas Carlyle

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.

The world of American politics is more contentious than it has ever been in my lifetime.
Chuck Palahniuk

I mean, I went to a Catholic boys' school for a year, but that was to play hockey. Religion class was quite contentious for me.
Keanu Reeves
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Contentious Translations

contentious in Spanish is contencioso
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