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Wednesday, June 09, 1999

Definitions for captious

  1. Marked by a disposition to find fault or raise objections.
  2. Calculated to entrap or confuse, as in an argument.

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Citations for captious
The most common among those are captious individuals who can find nothing wrong with their own actions but everything wrong with the actions of everybody else. , Atlanta Inquirer
Mr Bowman had, I think, been keeping Christmas Eve, and was a little inclined to be captious: at least, he was not on foot very early, and to judge from what I could hear, neither men nor maids could do anything to please him. M. R. James, The Haunted Dolls' House and Other Stories
Origin of captious
1350-1400
Captious is derived from Latin captiosus, "sophistical, captious, insidious," from captio, "a taking, a fallacy, sophism," from capere, "to take, to seize."