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Wordnet 3.0


1. tending to find and call attention to faults;
- Example: "a captious pedant"
- Example: "an excessively demanding and faultfinding tutor"
[syn: captious, faultfinding]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Captious \Cap"tious\, a. [F. captieux, L. captiosus. See Caption.] 1. Apt to catch at faults; disposed to find fault or to cavil; eager to object; difficult to please. [1913 Webster] A captious and suspicious age. --Stillingfleet. [1913 Webster] I am sensible I have not disposed my materials to abide the test of a captious controversy. --Bwike. [1913 Webster] 2. Fitted to harass, perplex, or insnare; insidious; troublesome. [1913 Webster] Captious restraints on navigation. --Bancroft. Syn: Caviling, carping, fault-finding; censorious; hypercritical; peevish, fretful; perverse; troublesome. Usage: Captious, caviling, Carping. A captious person is one who has a fault-finding habit or manner, or is disposed to catch at faults, errors, etc., with quarrelsome intent; a caviling person is disposed to raise objections on frivolous grounds; carping implies that one is given to ill-natured, persistent, or unreasonable fault-finding, or picking up of the words or actions of others. [1913 Webster] Caviling is the carping of argument, carping the caviling of ill temper. --C. J. Smith. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

captious adj 1: tending to find and call attention to faults; "a captious pedant"; "an excessively demanding and faultfinding tutor" [syn: captious, faultfinding]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "captious": bickering, carping, caviling, censorious, choplogic, contrary, critic, critical, cynical, demanding, equivocatory, evasive, exacting, faultfinding, finicky, hairsplitting, hedging, hypercritical, irritable, logic-chopping, nagging, niggling, nit-picking, overcritical, paltering, particular, peevish, pernickety, perverse, pettifogging, petty, petulant, picayune, pussyfooting, quibbling, shuffling, snappish, snappy, testy, trichoschistic, trifling, trivial, ultracritical