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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 cap·tious /ˈkæpʃəs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cap·tious a.
 1. Apt to catch at faults; disposed to find fault or to cavil; eager to object; difficult to please.
    A captious and suspicious age.   --Stillingfleet.
    I am sensible I have not disposed my materials to abide the test of a captious controversy.   --Bwike.
 2. Fitted to harass, perplex, or insnare; insidious; troublesome.
    Captious restraints on navigation.   --Bancroft.
 Syn: -- Caviling, carping, fault-finding; censorious; hypercritical; peevish, fretful; perverse; troublesome.
 Usage: -- Captious, caviling, Carping. A captious person is one who has a fault-finding habit or manner, or is disposed to catch at faults, errors, etc., with quarrelsome intent; a caviling person is disposed to raise objections on frivolous grounds; carping implies that one is given to ill-natured, persistent, or unreasonable fault-finding, or picking up of the words or actions of others.
    Caviling is the carping of argument, carping the caviling of ill temper.   --C. J. Smith.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : tending to find and call attention to faults; "a captious
            pedant"; "an excessively demanding and faultfinding
            tutor" [syn: faultfinding]