captious


cap·tious

adjective \ˈkap-shəs\

Definition of CAPTIOUS

1
:  marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections <captious critics>
2
:  calculated to confuse, entrap, or entangle in argument <a captious question>
cap·tious·ly adverb
cap·tious·ness noun

Examples of CAPTIOUS

  1. <a captious and cranky eater who's never met a vegetable he didn't hate>

Origin of CAPTIOUS

Middle English capcious, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French captieux, from Latin captiosus, from captio deception, verbal quibble, from capere to take — more at heave
First Known Use: 14th century

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: captivate
Previous Word in the Dictionary: caption code
All Words Near: captious

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up captious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).