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- having a disposition to find, and point out minor faults; to judge too severely
- intended to trap or confuse
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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
A captious and suspicious age.
I am sensible I have not disposed my materials to
abide the test of a captious controversy.
2. Fitted to harass, perplex, or insnare;
Captious restraints on navigation.
Syn. -- Caviling, carping, fault-finding; censorious;
hypercritical; peevish, fretful; perverse; troublesome. --
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.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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