Captious definitions

kăp'shəs
Marked by a disposition to find and point out trivial faults.

A captious scholar.

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Made only for the sake of argument or faultfinding.

Captious criticism.

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Intended to entrap or confuse, as in an argument.

A captious question.

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Fond of catching others in mistakes; quick to find fault; quibbling; carping.
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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.

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1784, William Cowper, "A Review of Schools", in Poems, 1859 ed., page 219.

A captious question, sir, and yours is one, / Deserves an answer similar, or none.

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1815 March 24, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “To William Lisle Bowles”, in Collected Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, edition 2000 Oxford ed., ISBN 0198187459, page 558.

Were you aware that in your discourse last Sunday you attributed the captious Problem of the Sadducees to the Pharisees, as a proof of the obscure and sensual doctrines of the latter?

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Having a disposition to find fault unreasonably or to raise petty objections; cavilling, nitpicky.
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Origin of captious

Middle English capcious from Old French captieux from Latin captiōsus from captiō seizure, sophism from captus past participle of capere to seize kap- in Indo-European roots