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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.]
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apt to make trivial criticisms; fault-finding; carping
[C14 (meaning: catching in error): from Latin captiōsus, from captiō a seizing; see caption]
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1. apt to focus on trivial faults or defects; faultfinding.
2. proceeding from a faultfinding disposition.
3. apt or designed to ensnare or perplex: captious questions.
[1350–1400; Middle English capcious < Latin captiōsus=capti(ō) deception, sophism (see caption) + -ōsus -ous]
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|Adj.||1.||captious - tending to find and call attention to faults; "a captious pedant"; "an excessively demanding and faultfinding tutor"|
critical - marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws; "a critical attitude"
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captious[ˈkæpʃəs] adj (frm) → ipercritico/a
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