captious ADJECTIVE formal tending to find fault or raise petty objections.
DERIVATIVES captiously adverb captiousness noun.
ORIGIN Old French captieux, from Latin capere 'take, seize' ; related to CAPTION(Cf. ↑caption).

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  • Captiously — Cap tious*ly, adv. In a captious manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • captiously — adverb in a captious, carping manner he was captiously pedantic • Derived from adjective: ↑captious …   Useful english dictionary

  • captiously — adverb see captious …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • captiously — cap·tious·ly …   English syllables

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  • κατασυκοφαντῶ — κατασυκοφαντέω criticize captiously pres subj act 1st sg (attic epic doric) κατασυκοφαντέω criticize captiously pres ind act 1st sg (attic epic doric) …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

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