captious

Part of speech: adverb

Captiously.

Part of speech: noun

Captiousness.

Part of speech: adjective

Faultfinding; overcritical.

Part of speech: adjective

Perplexing; sophistical.

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Usage examples "captious":

  1. " I dare say you are very glad to," returns Caroline, in a captious tone, " it's plain enough from the way you are got up." - "Petty Troubles of Married Life, Part First", Honore de Balzac.
  2. But David was not captious. - "Love Me Little, Love Me Long", Charles Reade Edition: 10 Language: English.
  3. There was no attempt to hold the balance even between the two parties, but every expression was used, every proposal made, every captious objection taken in favour of the Sicilians under pretence of holding even the balance. - "Selected-Speeches-on-British-Foreign-Policy-1738-1914", Jones, Edgar R. (Edgar Rees), Sir.