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