- having a disposition to find, and point out minor faults; to judge too severely
- intended to trap or confuse
- 1866 - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (tr. Sidney Monas), Crime and Punishment (1866, tr. 1968).
- : But Peter Petrovich did not accept this retort. On the contrary, he became all the more captious and irritable, as though he were just hitting his stride.
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