Meaning of “captious” in the English Dictionary

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"captious" in British English

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uk /ˈkæp.ʃəs/ us /ˈkæp.ʃəs/ formal

Examples from literature

  • A captious irritability possessed me, alternating with fits of unaccountable fatigue. 
  • Amid such splendor it seems captious to point out the flaw. 
  • As a public speaker, he is earnest, forcible and argumentative without being captious. 
  • I had become captious and unreasonable: my temper was utterly spoilt. 
  • Let us not be captious, but agreeably appreciative. 

(Definition of “captious” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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