Synonyms for captious

Grammar : Adj
Spell : kap-shuhs
Phonetic Transcription : ˈkæp ʃəs

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Définition of captious

Origin :
  • c.1400, capcyus, from Middle French captieux (15c.) or directly from Latin captiosus "fallacious," from captionem (nominative captio) "a deceiving, fallacious argument," literally "a taking (in)," from captus, past participle of capere "to take, catch" (see capable). Related: Captiously; captiousness.
  • adj very critical
Example sentences :
  • What a captious old woman will my sister make, if she lives to be one!
  • Extract from : « Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) » by Samuel Richardson
  • He is critical, but not captious; laudatory, but not fulsome.
  • Extract from : « Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, November 18, 1914 » by Various
  • I cannot afford to be irritable and captious, nor to waste all my time in attacks.
  • Extract from : « Essays, Second Series » by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Sewell, however, was no captious critic; he took what he got, and was thankful.
  • Extract from : « Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. » by Charles James Lever
  • If one were captious, one might object to the thickness of his lips.
  • Extract from : « Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930 » by Various
  • They are captious, fond of litigation, and constantly seeking subterfuges.
  • Extract from : « The Philippine Islands » by John Foreman
  • "There, you hear that," said Lawless, who had just drunk enough to render him captious and obstinate.
  • Extract from : « Frank Fairlegh » by Frank E. Smedley
  • Mr. Canning, "exceedingly irritated," complained of the word "captious."
  • Extract from : « John Quincy Adams » by John. T. Morse
  • Here was no caprice or questionings or captious standards of convention.
  • Extract from : « Cabbages and Kings » by O. Henry
  • Cicily Hamilton was inclined to be captious with her maid as she dressed that evening.
  • Extract from : « Making People Happy » by Thompson Buchanan

Antonyms for captious

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