Captiousness Cap"tious*ness, n. Captious disposition or manner. [1913 Webster]

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  • captiousness — captious ► ADJECTIVE formal ▪ tending to find fault or raise petty objections. DERIVATIVES captiously adverb captiousness noun. ORIGIN Old French captieux, from Latin capere take, seize ; related to CAPTION(Cf. ↑caption) …   English terms dictionary

  • captiousness — noun see captious …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • captiousness — See captiously. * * * …   Universalium

  • captiousness — noun a) The state of being captious. b) Captious behaviour …   Wiktionary

  • captiousness — n. narrow mindedness, fussiness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • captiousness — capˈtiousness noun • • • Main Entry: ↑captious …   Useful english dictionary

  • captious — adjective Etymology: Middle English capcious, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French captieux, from Latin captiosus, from captio deception, verbal quibble, from capere to take more at heave Date: 14th century 1. marked by an often ill natured …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • captious — captiously, adv. captiousness, n. /kap sheuhs/, adj. 1. apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects; faultfinding; difficult to please. 2. proceeding from a faultfinding or caviling disposition: He could never praise without adding a …   Universalium

  • Whewell’s philosophy of science and ethics — Struan Jacobs ON SCIENCE Introduction Among the most prodigious of English minds of the nineteenth century, William Whewell (1794–1866) was at various times, and among other things, philosopher, intellectual historian, scientist, educationist,… …   History of philosophy

  • animadversion — Synonyms and related words: accusation, adverse criticism, aspersion, bad notices, bad press, captiousness, carping, cavil, caviling, censoriousness, censure, criticism, exception, faultfinding, flak, hairsplitting, hit, home thrust, hostile… …   Moby Thesaurus

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