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captious (adj.)

"apt to notice and make much of unimportant faults or flaws," c. 1400, capcyus, from Latin captiosus "fallacious," from captionem (nominative captio) "a deceiving, fallacious argument," literally "a taking (in)," from captus, past participle of capere "to take, catch" (from PIE root *kap- "to grasp"). Related: Captiously; captiousness.

updated on October 09, 2017

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Definitions of captious from WordNet

captious (adj.)
tending to find and call attention to faults;
a captious pedant
Synonyms: faultfinding
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