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captious

[kap-shuh s] /ˈkæp ʃəs/
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
1350-1400; Middle English capcious < Latin captiōsus sophistical, equivalent to capti(ō) a taking, hence, sophism (see caption) + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
captiously, adverb
captiousness, noun
noncaptious, adjective
noncaptiously, adverb
noncaptiousness, noun
overcaptious, adjective
overcaptiously, adverb
overcaptiousness, noun
uncaptious, adjective
uncaptiously, adverb
uncaptiousness, noun
Synonyms
1. carping, nitpicking, niggling, picky, testy.
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British Dictionary definitions for un captious

captious

/ˈkæpʃəs/
adjective
1.
apt to make trivial criticisms; fault-finding; carping
Derived Forms
captiously, adverb
captiousness, noun
Word Origin
C14 (meaning: catching in error): from Latin captiōsus, from captiō a seizing; see caption
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Word Origin and History for un captious

captious

adj.

c.1400, capcyus, from Middle French captieux (15c.) or directly from Latin captiosus "fallacious," from captionem (nominative captio) "a deceiving, fallacious argument," literally "a taking (in)," from captus, past participle of capere "to take, catch" (see capable). Related: Captiously; captiousness.

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