- The definition of captious is a statement made for the purpose of creating an argument, or fond of finding the mistakes of others.
- An example of a captious comment is when someone tells a man that he does not know how to bar-b-que a good steak.
- An example of someone who is captious is a person who always points out the faults of her friend.
- made only for the sake of argument or faultfinding: captious criticism
- fond of catching others in mistakes; quick to find fault; quibbling; carping
Origin: Middle English capcious ; from Classical Latin captiosus ; from caption
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- Marked by a disposition to find and point out trivial faults: a captious scholar.
- Intended to entrap or confuse, as in an argument: a captious question.
Origin: Middle English capcious, from Old French captieux, from Latin captiōsus, from captiō, seizure, sophism, from captus, past participle of capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
- capˈtious·ly adverb
- capˈtious·ness noun