Word of the Week: Captious

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captious |ˈkapʃəs|
(adj)
 formal
tending to find fault or raise petty objections: a captious teacher

ORIGIN
late Middle English (also in the sense ‘intended to deceive someone’): from Old French captieux or Latin captiosus, meaning ‘seizing,’ (or figuratively) ‘deceiving
 

PRONOUNCED
CAP-shuhs

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Where I First Came Across This Word

The New York Times
“Edward Albee, a Playwright Intent on Naming, and Goading, the Beast Within”
by Ben Brantley
September 17, 2016
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It became the must-see play of the season for people who no doubt included fashionable, captious, wealth-insulated Americans rather like its title character. It also won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. And so began one of the greatest second acts in any dramatist’s career.

~ Ben Brantley, on Mr. Albee’s Three Tall Women
“a portrait of the three ages of a rich and selfish suburbanite who was clearly modeled on the playwright’s adoptive mother.”

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