- captive audience
Origin of captious
Examples from the Web for captious
I believe that slight sufferings make us captious—great ones, humane and benevolent.The Kentuckian in New-York, Volume I (of 2)|William Alexander Caruthers
He yielded, or seemed to yield, to the hot hastiness of Wilks, and lent himself to the captious waywardness of Dogget.Their Majesties' Servants (Volume 1 of 3)|John Doran
The second day he became very moody and captious, the third day no one knew what to do with him.Stories of Authors, British and American|Edwin Watts Chubb
But he was in a captious mood; and he did not wish to oblige her.Happy Pollyooly|Edgar Jepson
For 'captious' we should certainly read, with Farmer, capacious.
Word Origin for captious
c.1400, capcyus, from Middle French captieux (15c.) or directly from Latin captiosus "fallacious," from captionem (nominative captio) "a deceiving, fallacious argument," literally "a taking (in)," from captus, past participle of capere "to take, catch" (see capable). Related: Captiously; captiousness.