Definitions for captiousˈkæp ʃəs
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
apt to focus on trivial faults or defects; faultfinding.
proceeding from a faultfinding disposition.
apt or designed to ensnare or perplex:
Origin of captious:
1350–1400; ME capcious < L captiōsus=capti(ō) deception, sophism (see caption ) +-ōsus -ous
tending to find and call attention to faults
"a captious pedant"; "an excessively demanding and faultfinding tutor"
That captures; especially, (of an argument, words etc.) designed to capture or entrap in misleading arguments; sophistical.
Having a disposition to find fault unreasonably or to raise petty objections; cavilling, nitpicky
Origin: from captieux, or its source, , from captionem.
apt to catch at faults; disposed to find fault or to cavil; eager to object; difficult to please
fitted to harass, perplex, or insnare; insidious; troublesome
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