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captious

[kap-shuhs]
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.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English capcious < Latin captiōsus sophistical, equivalent to capti(ō) a taking, hence, sophism (see caption) + -ōsus -ous

captiously, adverb
captiousness, noun
noncaptious, adjective
noncaptiously, adverb
noncaptiousness, noun
overcaptious, adjective
overcaptiously, adverb
overcaptiousness, noun
uncaptious, adjective
uncaptiously, adverb
uncaptiousness, noun


1. carping, nitpicking, niggling, picky, testy.
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captious (ˈkæpʃəs)
 
adj
apt to make trivial criticisms; fault-finding; carping
 
[C14 (meaning: catching in error): from Latin captiōsus, from captiō a seizing; see caption]
 
'captiously
 
adv
 
'captiousness
 
n

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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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