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contentious (adj.)

early 15c., contencios, "characterized by contention;" c. 1500, "quarrelsome, apt to contend," from Latin contentiosus "obstinate, quarrelsome," from contentionem(nominative contentio) "a vigorous struggling, a contest, a fight," noun of action from past-participle stem of contendere (see contend). Related: Contentiously; contentiousness.

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