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The Definition of - captious (adjective)

    adjective
    1.
    apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects; faultfinding; difficult to please.
    2.
    proceeding from a faultfinding or caviling disposition:
    He could never praise without adding a captious remark.
    3.
    apt or designed to ensnare or perplex, especially in argument:
    captious questions.

Word Example of - captious

    Example Sentences for captious

    "That canoe may not belong to the cutter," said the captious seaman.

    Cicily Hamilton was inclined to be captious with her maid as she dressed that evening.

    They are remarkably free from the vice he charges them withal—and have been admitted to be so by the most captious critics.

    What a captious old woman will my sister make, if she lives to be one!

    At first thought it may seem superficial and captious; but we do not think it will at the second, and still less at the third.

    He is critical, but not captious; laudatory, but not fulsome.

    If any complain of these neglects in a captious spirit, we have nothing to hope from them.

    I cannot afford to be irritable and captious, nor to waste all my time in attacks.

    They were, however, only mildly opposed to expansion; they were determined and captious in the interpretation of the Constitution.

    Sewell, however, was no captious critic; he took what he got, and was thankful.

Word Origin & History of - captious

    Word Origin & History

    captious c.1408, from M.Fr. captieux, from L. captiosus, from captio "a deceiving, fallacious argument," lit. "a taking (in)," from capere "to take, catch" (see capable).

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