Definitions for captiousˈkæp ʃəs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. captious, faultfinding(adj)

    tending to find and call attention to faults

    "a captious pedant"; "an excessively demanding and faultfinding tutor"


  1. captious(Adjective)

    That captures; especially, (of an argument, words etc.) designed to capture or entrap in misleading arguments; sophistical.

  2. captious(Adjective)

    Having a disposition to find fault unreasonably or to raise petty objections; cavilling, nitpicky

  3. Origin: from captieux, or its source, , from captionem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Captious(adj)

    apt to catch at faults; disposed to find fault or to cavil; eager to object; difficult to please

  2. Captious(adj)

    fitted to harass, perplex, or insnare; insidious; troublesome

Translations for captious

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • критичен, заядлив, придирчивBulgarian
  • criticón, pejiguero, capciosoSpanish
  • pikkumainen, harhaanjohtavaFinnish
  • beachtaíochIrish
  • մանրախնդիր, բծախնդիր, խճճող, քթի մազArmenian
  • あら探しJapanese
  • vitziekDutch
  • ardiloso, capcioso, astucioso, implicantePortuguese
  • придирчивый, хитрый, слишком строгий, каверзныйRussian

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