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in a peevish manner

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Within educated Roman Catholic circles, mutedly in the 1920s and 30s, more fractiously in the late 40s and 50s, and culminating in positions taken at Vatican II in the 60s, Catholic theologians, as well as Catholic thinkers and writers, debated the meaning of nature and grace, and they held this debate in both Thomist and Augustinian terms.
While councillors usually bicker fractiously at the length of time they are allowed to speak, they were often happy to let Goodway expound at witty, eloquent length.
In Subaru-Mercedes, 2009, for example, Jacob's son Sami tries to parse a nagging ambivalence about his "divided nationality"--one set between "Eastern" and "Western" cultures--while off camera, his wife and two daughters can be heard fractiously countering his explanations.
Joyce Dalsheim treats another minority that also relates fractiously to the secular Jewish majority in Unsettling Gaza: Secular Liberalism, Radical Religion, and the Israeli Settlement Project (Oxford, March).
Exasperation may have been high, especially with Mars and Mercury sparking fractiously with each other.
Fractiously complex issues arising from the encounter of the biblical text with practices and values issuing from disparate cultural contexts are steadily chipping away at the communion of Anglicans worldwide.
It is impossible to understand Iran without grasping the contradiction which its theocrats face in ruling, however fractiously, a nation-state.