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captious

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of captious

  1. given to making or expressing unfavorable judgments about things a captious and cranky eater who's never met a vegetable he didn't hate Synonyms of captious critical, carping, caviling (or cavilling), faultfinding, hypercritical, judgmental, overcritical, rejectiveWords Related to captious discerning, discriminating, judicious; demanding, exacting, fastidious, finical, finicky, fussy, nitpicky, particular, picky; pettifogging, quibbling; harsh, merciless, uncharitable, unforgivingNear Antonyms of captious undiscriminating; undemanding, unfussy; charitable, forgivingAntonyms of captious uncritical

Synonym Discussion of captious

critical, hypercritical, faultfinding, captious, carping, censorious mean inclined to look for and point out faults and defects. critical may also imply an effort to see a thing clearly and truly in order to judge it fairly.
    • a critical essay
hypercritical suggests a tendency to judge by unreasonably strict standards.
    • hypercritical disparagement of other people's work
faultfinding implies a querulous or exacting temperament.
    • a faultfinding reviewer
captious suggests a readiness to detect trivial faults or raise objections on trivial grounds.
    • a captious critic
carping implies an ill-natured or perverse picking of flaws.
    • a carping editorial
censorious implies a disposition to be severely critical and condemnatory.
    • the censorious tone of the review

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