Grammar Tips & Articles »

captious - vocabulary

This article is about captious - vocabulary — enjoy your reading!

34 sec read
  Ed Good  —  Grammar Tips
Font size:

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

Note: You may download the Grammar eBook Build Your Vocabulary and get all 406 vocabulary words.


Next Word: caricature Previous Word: cant

Rate this article:

Have a discussion about this article with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this article to your bibliography:


    "captious - vocabulary." STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 22 May 2024. <>.

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Check your text and writing for style, spelling and grammar problems everywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Check your text and writing for style, spelling and grammar problems everywhere on the web!


    Free Writing Tool:

    Grammar Checker

    Improve your grammar, vocabulary, and writing -- and it's FREE!


    Are you a grammar master?

    Choose the sentence with correct use of the superlative adjectives:
    A This is the most interesting book I have ever read.
    B She is the bestest singer in the choir.
    C She is the most tallest person in the room.
    D He is the more intelligent in the group.

    Improve your writing now:

    Download Grammar eBooks

    It’s now more important than ever to develop a powerful writing style. After all, most communication takes place in reports, emails, and instant messages.