Definitions for captiousˈkæp ʃəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cap•tiousˈkæp ʃəs(adj.)

  1. apt to focus on trivial faults or defects; faultfinding.

  2. proceeding from a faultfinding disposition.

  3. apt or designed to ensnare or perplex:

    captious questions.

Origin of captious:

1350–1400; ME capcious < L captiōsus=capti(ō) deception, sophism (see caption ) +-ōsus -ous


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

Anagrams of captious

  1. autopsic


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