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CAPTIOUS, a.

1. Disposed to find fault, or raise objections; apt to cavil, as in popular language, it is said, apt to catch at; as a captious man.

2. Fitted to catch or ensnare; insidious; as a captious question.

3. Proceeding from a caviling disposition; as a captious objection or criticism.



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CAPTIOUS, a.

1. Disposed to find fault, or raise objections; apt to cavil, as in popular language, it is said, apt to catch at; as a captious man.

2. Fitted to catch or ensnare; insidious; as a captious question.

3. Proceeding from a caviling disposition; as a captious objection or criticism.

CAP'TIOUS, a. [L. captiosus, from capto, to catch.]

  1. Disposed to find fault, or raise objections; apt to cavil, as in popular language, it is said, apt to catch at; as, a captious man.
  2. Fitted to catch or insnare; insidious; as, a captious question. – Locke.
  3. Proceeding from a caviling disposition; as, a captious objection or criticism.

Cap"tious
  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. -- 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.

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Captious

CAPTIOUS, adjective

1. Disposed to find fault, or raise objections; apt to cavil, as in popular language, it is said, apt to catch at; as a captious man.

2. Fitted to catch or ensnare; insidious; as a captious question.

3. Proceeding from a caviling disposition; as a captious objection or criticism.

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