from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Marked by a disposition to find and point out trivial faults: a captious scholar.
- adj. Intended to entrap or confuse, as in an argument: a captious question.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. That captures; especially, (of an argument, words etc.) designed to capture or entrap in misleading arguments; sophistical.
- adj. Having a disposition to find fault unreasonably or to raise petty objections; cavilling, nitpicky
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Apt to catch at faults; disposed to find fault or to cavil; eager to object; difficult to please.
- adj. Fitted to harass, perplex, or insnare; insidious; troublesome.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Apt to notice and make much of unimportant faults or defects; disposed to find fault or raise objections; prone to cavil; difficult to please; faultfinding; touchy: as, a captious man.
- Proceeding from a faultfinding or caviling disposition; fitted to harass or perplex; censorious; carping; hence, insidious; crafty: as, a captious question.
- Capable of receiving; capacious.
- Insnaring; captivating.
- Synonyms Captious, Carping, Caviling, faultfinding, hypercritical, crabbed, testy, pettish, splenetic, all express unamiable temper and behavior, with wrongheadedness. Captious expresses a disposition to catch at little or inoffensive things, and magnify them into great defects, affronts, etc. Carping is a strong word noting faultfinding that is both unreasonable and unceasing; it applies more to criticism on conduct, while caviling applies to objections to arguments, opinions, and the like: as, it is easier to cavil than to disprove. See petulant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. tending to find and call attention to faults
Middle English capcious, from Old French captieux, from Latin captiōsus, from captiō, seizure, sophism, from captus, past participle of capere, to seize.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English capcious, from Middle French captieux, or its source, Latin captiōsus, from captiōnem. (Wiktionary)