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Definition of contentious:

  1. Quarrelsome; given to angry debate; litigious.

Synonyms:

disputatious, attitude, feisty, fraught, gladiatorial, contrarian, adverse, difficult, eristic, disruptive, pugnacious, hot-button, conflict, truculent, warlike, battleful, belligerent, assaultive, volatile, agonistical, disputative, litigious, militant, scrappy, troublesome, unfriendly, embarrassing, invidious, problematic, chippy, agonistic, polemical, argumentative, study at belligerent, aggressive, agonistic, cantankerous, bellicose, polemic, attack, combative, bad, controversial, brawly.

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