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captious

cap·tious

captious

 
 
pronunciation:
kaep shihs
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: inclined to petty criticism; faultfinding.
He thought she was a captious editor at first, but he came to rely on her judgment.
synonyms:
carping, caviling, complaining, disparage, faultfinding, hypercritical, nitpicking
antonyms:
appreciative
similar words:
censorious, critical, derogatory, petty, picayune, picky, querulous, small-minded
definition 2: intended or designed to deceive or confuse.
The lawyer was pursuing a captious line of questioning.
synonyms:
cunning, deceptive, misleading, tricky
similar words:
calculating, perfidious, shrewd, sly, vulpine
derivations: captiously (adv.), captiousness (n.)
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