captiously

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv captiously in a captious, carping manner "he was captiously pedantic"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Captiously In a captious manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • captiously In a captious, critical, or faultfinding manner.
    • captiously So as to catch or insnare; insnaringly; captivatingly.
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Usage

In literature:

Thrums had been known to me for years before I succeeded the captious dominie at the schoolhouse in the glen.
"Auld Licht Idylls" by J. M. Barrie
She was a good woman, but captious, critical, complaining, pretentious.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
The conduct of Judge Montagu, on the trial of Lewis, was represented as harsh and captious; but was explained by subsequent disclosures.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
Is he, too; growing captious and uncomfortable?
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
At times we encountered strong, bitter, and captious opposition.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
But now she wears the veil, she is a woman, and therefore must be captious like the rest of them.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
Then he found his mother in a very captious mood, upbraiding him for his long absence, and asking what he had been about all day.
"Bristol Bells" by Emma Marshall
He who had formerly been so captious never uttered a critical word.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The tone of the Commons became captious and quarrelsome.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
She was first polite, then bored, then captious.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
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In news:

Chicago is young, clumsy, foolish, its architectural sins are unstable, captious and fleeting — Louis Sullivan.
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