AskDefine | Define captious

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captious adj : tending to find and call attention to faults; "a captious pedant"; "an excessively demanding and faultfinding tutor" [syn: faultfinding]

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Adjective

  1. having a disposition to unreasonably find fault or raise petty objections
  2. intending to trap or confuse
  • 1866 - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (tr. Sidney Monas), Crime and Punishment (1866, tr. 1968).
    But Peter Petrovich did not accept this retort. On the contrary, he became all the more captious and irritable, as though he were just hitting his stride.

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