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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Captious  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  captious 
  adj  :  tending  to  find  and  call  attention  to  faults;  "a  captious 
  pedant";  "an  excessively  demanding  and  faultfinding 
  tutor"  [syn:  {faultfinding}] 




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