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captious - adjective

One who finds fault, is difficult to please; designed to perplex or confuse, as in captious questions.

Pat Oliphant's cartoon is notable because of the classic grace of the lines of the Statue of Liberty. The point is that freedom of speech has to be guaranteed to all, even a noisome fool like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, if it is to be guaranteed to anyone. Thus the statue's inherent beauty has to be accurately drawn, to contrast with this captious little strutter.

—Jeff Danziger Los Angeles Times, September 30, 2007

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