captiousness


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cap·tious

 (kăp′shəs)
adj.
1. Marked by a disposition to find and point out trivial faults: a captious scholar.
2. Intended to entrap or confuse, as in an argument: a captious question.

[Middle English capcious, from Old French captieux, from Latin captiōsus, from captiō, seizure, sophism, from captus, past participle of capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

cap′tious·ly adv.
cap′tious·ness n.
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Yes-- and I suppose you want to know why," she replied with dry captiousness.
that He may save the one by the captiousness of the other, these by those and those by these.
For didactic purposes, Locke identifies the four components of incivility: roughness, "contempt or want of due respect discovered either in looks, words, or gesture," censoriousness, captiousness ([section] 143, 107-09).