Words and phrases that have a meaning related to contentiousness:   (124 results)

Often used in the same context:
rancor, acrimony, discord, animosity, partisanship, antagonism, disagreements, dissension, bitterness, ugliness, cordiality, hostility, disputation, negativity, mistrust, unpleasantness, touchiness, tension, cynicism, nebulousness, unhappiness, angst, uncertainty, sturm und drang, bickering, controversy, distrust, nastiness, peevishness, infighting, frustration, civility, unsettledness, negativism, defensiveness, chumminess, confusion, spats, strife, friction, bedevilment, quarrels, collegiality, vitriol, exasperation, contretemps, polarization, squabbles, debate, testiness, discontentment, dissonance, gamesmanship, awkwardness, wrangling, discussion, consternation, unanimity, disquietude, ambiguity, reticence, dissatisfaction, impatience, nervousness, pessimism, unsettlement, uneasiness, meanness, haggling, ambivalence, schisms, subjectivity, strangeness, emotionalism, prickliness, silliness, obstreperousness, weariness, shrillness, craziness, incivility, feuding, unease, perplexity, sidedness, dichotomy, sourness, discourse, irrationality, detente, hullaballoo, levity, wariness, impasse, polemics, vituperation, unreality, vehemence, stalemates, hesitance, politicking, inconclusiveness, extravagance, frivolity, selfishness, arbitrariness, arrogance, credulity, egotism, prejudice, stubbornness, artificiality, cleverness, complacency, effervescence, malignity, restlessness

More specific:
truculence, truculency

More general:

aggressiveness, belligerence, pugnacity, quarrelsomeness

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— Adjectives for contentiousness: political, such, mere, natural, human, very, sheer, own, general, social, more, more...

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