Pronounced: taw-TAWL-uh-guhs, adj

Notes: I’ve run across “tautological”, which I assume to be similar, but I didn’t know the meaning

Yesterday’s word

The word captious means

  • marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections
  • calculated to confuse, entrap, or entangle in argument
First usage

The word goes back to the late 1300s

Background / Comments

Our word comes from the Latin word captio (a taking), which came from capere (to take). Captious arguments entrap through subtly deceptive reasoning or trifling points. A captious individual is a kind of carping, censorious critic; one who is ready to point out minor faults or raise objections on trivial grounds.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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