What does the word captious mean?

    Part of speech: adverb

  • Captiously.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Captiousness.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Faultfinding; overcritical.

Usage examples for 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 by Honore de Balzac
  2. But David was not captious. – Love Me Little, Love Me Long by 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 by Jones, Edgar R. (Edgar Rees), Sir