from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the state of being captious
- n. captious behaviour
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Captious disposition or manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being captious: disposition to find fault; inclination to object; peevishness.
I've not "accused" you of captiousness, I've merely noticed that when it comes to Pope Benedict and the post-Vatican II magisterium of Holy Mother Church, you ARE captious.
Rather, you've accused me of captiousness and questioned by manners.
Besides, captiousness, sullenness, and pouting are most exceedingly illiberal and vulgar.
This looks like mere captiousness but it covers a perfectly genuine grievance.
I was struck by the sudden transition from the touching sensibility with which she had just been speaking to me to this petty reckoning and captiousness.
“Yes — and I suppose you want to know why,” she replied with dry captiousness.
I suppose the confused and abrupt expression of things here, in words scarcely affording a tolerable sense, is rather from weakness than captiousness; and so I shall let the manner of the proposal pass.
All this exactness of requisition appeared to me to be going rather too far; and I exhibited my feeling on the subject, in the tone in which I replied, that I had stated every thing that was necessary for the satisfaction of a "man of sense, but that I had neither the faculty nor the inclination to indulge the captiousness of any man."
-- While captiousness of manner, and the habit of disputing and contradicting every thing said, is chilling and repulsive, the opposite habit of assenting to, and sympathizing with, every statement made, or emotion expressed, is almost equally disagreeable.
And withal there was such an unaffected modesty and simplicity about the boy, so complete an absence of anything like a desire to show off his talents, as sufficed to disarm any tendency towards captiousness on the part of his hearers.
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