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  • adv. In a captious manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a captious manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a captious, critical, or faultfinding manner.
  • So as to catch or insnare; insnaringly; captivatingly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a captious, carping manner


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captious +‎ -ly


  • The other point in this paragraph is that I "captiously" called the content a learned article.


  • For, say what you would, she was certainly acting very unfairly and captiously in all this.

    An American Tragedy

  • Cassy shook her head captiously as she pulled out a half-dozen napkins from the holder and blotted up the spilled juice.


  • Some captiously cavil, that more acuteness is now found in many other animals.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 1

  • This question, Lord, are there few that be saved? when it was a received opinion amongst the Jews, 'that all Israel should have their part in the world to come,' makes it doubtful whether it was propounded captiously, or merely for satisfaction.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • Some state judges so captiously disputed the constitutionality of various military laws that the writ of habeas corpus had to be suspended.31

    Lee’s Lieutenants

  • And herein lies the preposterous course of those who fallaciously and captiously go about to oppose this sacred truth: — they will always begin their opposition, not unto the revelation of it, but unto the explanation of it; which is used only for farther edification.

    A Brief Declaration and Vindication of The Doctrine of the Trinity

  • The large format was deliberately chosen to make possible this visual presentation, and I see nothing incongruous in this approach to complement a text which Mr. Gilbert rather captiously passes off as "nothing more or less than an ordinary learned article from an academic journal."


  • We had not a particle of shade, not a trace of coolness: the sun was high, all our rocky recess was a furnace, fairly reverberant with the heat; the flies (and I vaguely pondered upon how they had existed, previously, and whence they had gathered) buzzed briskly, attracted by the dead mule, unseen, and captiously diverted to us also.

    Desert Dust

  • He paused and looked Nat up and down captiously, as one might appraise the points of a horse of quality put up for sale.

    The Fortune Hunter


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