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captious definition

  • adjective:
    • Marked by a disposition locate and highlight trivial faults: a captious scholar.
    • meant to entrap or confuse, as with a quarrel: a captious concern.
    • That catches; particularly, (of a quarrel, terms etc.) built to capture or entrap in misleading arguments; sophistical.
    • Having a disposition to get fault unreasonably or even to boost petty objections; cavilling, nitpicky
    • more likely to catch at faults; disposed discover fault or even cavil; wanting to object; tough to kindly.
    • suited to harass, perplex, or insnare; insidious; problematic.
    • looking after find and phone focus on faults
    • Marked by a disposition locate and explain insignificant faults: a captious scholar.
    • meant to entrap or confuse, as with a disagreement: a captious question.
    • That captures; specifically, (of a quarrel, words etc.) built to capture or entrap in misleading arguments; sophistical.
    • Having a disposition to get fault unreasonably or even to boost petty objections; cavilling, nitpicky
    • more likely to get at faults; disposed discover fault or even cavil; wanting to object; hard to please.
    • Fitted to harass, perplex, or insnare; insidious; problematic.
    • looking after find and call attention to faults
  • others:
    • more likely to notice and then make most of unimportant faults or flaws; disposed to get fault or boost objections; prone to cavil; hard to please; faultfinding; touchy: as, a captious guy.
    • Proceeding from a faultfinding or caviling disposition; fitted to harass or perplex; censorious; carping; hence, insidious; crafty: since, a captious question.
    • effective at getting; capacious.
    • Insnaring; captivating.
    • Synonyms Captious, Carping, Caviling, faultfinding, hypercritical, crabbed, testy, pettish, splenetic, all present unamiable temper and behavior, with wrongheadedness. Captious expresses a disposition to capture at little or inoffensive things, and magnify them into great defects, affronts, etc. Carping is a strong word noting faultfinding that is both unreasonable and unceasing; it is applicable much more to critique on conduct, while caviling pertains to objections to arguments, opinions, and stuff like that: since, it's much easier to cavil than to disprove. See petulant.
    • more likely to observe and make much of unimportant faults or defects; disposed locate fault or raise objections; at risk of cavil; difficult to please; faultfinding; touchy: as, a captious guy.
    • Proceeding from a faultfinding or caviling personality; suited to harass or perplex; censorious; carping; for this reason, insidious; crafty: because, a captious question.
    • effective at getting; capacious.
    • Insnaring; captivating.
    • Synonyms Captious, Carping, Caviling, faultfinding, hypercritical, crabbed, testy, pettish, splenetic, all express unamiable temperament and behavior, with wrongheadedness. Captious conveys a disposition to capture at small or inoffensive things, and magnify them into great flaws, affronts, etc. Carping is a solid word noting faultfinding that's both unreasonable and unceasing; it applies much more to critique on conduct, while caviling relates to objections to arguments, viewpoints, and the like: since, it really is more straightforward to cavil rather than disprove. See petulant.
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