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Meaning of CAPTIOUS

Pronunciation:  'kapshus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  tending to find and call attention to faults; "a captious pedant"; "an excessively demanding and faultfinding tutor"
 

CAPTIOUS is a 8 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: critical, faultfinding
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Cap"tious\, a. [F. captieux, L. captiosus. See
{Caption}.]
1. Apt to catch at faults; disposed to find fault or to
   cavil; eager to object; difficult to please.

         A captious and suspicious age.        --Stillingfleet.

         I am sensible I have not disposed my materials to
         abide the test of a captious controversy. --Bwike.

2. Fitted to harass, perplex, or insnare; insidious;
   troublesome.

         Captious restraints on navigation.    --Bancroft.

Syn: Caviling, carping, fault-finding; censorious;
     hypercritical; peevish, fretful; perverse; troublesome.

Usage: {Captious}, {caviling}, {Carping}. A captious person
       is one who has a fault-finding habit or manner, or is
       disposed to catch at faults, errors, etc., with
       quarrelsome intent; a caviling person is disposed to
       raise objections on frivolous grounds; carping implies
       that one is given to ill-natured, persistent, or
       unreasonable fault-finding, or picking up of the words
       or actions of others.

             Caviling is the carping of argument, carping the
             caviling of ill temper.           --C. J. Smith.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: bickering, carping, caviling, censorious, choplogic, contrary, critic, critical, cynical, demanding, equivocatory, evasive, exacting, faultfinding, finicky, hairsplitting, hedging, hypercritical, irritable, logic-chopping, nagging, niggling, nit-picking, overcritical, paltering, particular, peevish, pernickety, perverse, pettifogging, petty, petulant, picayune, pussyfooting, quibbling, shuffling, snappish, snappy, testy, trichoschistic, trifling, trivial, ultracritical
 

 

 

 

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