Todays Word: Captious




adjective: Having an inclination to find faults, especially of a trivial nature.


Via French from Latin capere (to seize). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kap- (to grasp), which is also the root of captive, capsule, capable, capture, cable, chassis, occupy, and deceive. Earliest documented use: 1380.


“Simon Cowell, the breathtakingly captious judge on American Idol, has dashed more dreams than an alarm clock.”
David Hiltbrand; ‘Idol’ Hands are This Devil’s Workshop, As He Rakes Teen Dreams Over the Coals; The San Diego Union-Tribune; Aug 4, 2002.

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