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Etymology 1[edit]

From capiō +‎ -tiō.


captiō f (genitive captiōnis); third declension

  1. deception, fraud, deceit
  2. quibble
  3. catch

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative captiō captiōnēs
genitive captiōnis captiōnum
dative captiōnī captiōnibus
accusative captiōnem captiōnēs
ablative captiōne captiōnibus
vocative captiō captiōnēs

Etymology 2[edit]

Modification of captō. Displaced for the most part the Classical verb vēnor (to hunt).


captiō (present infinitive captiāre, perfect active captiāvī, supine captiātum); first conjugation

  1. (Late Latin) Alternative form of captō (to grasp at, long for)
   Conjugation of captio (first conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present captiō captiās captiat captiāmus captiātis captiant
imperfect captiābam captiābās captiābat captiābāmus captiābātis captiābant
future captiābō captiābis captiābit captiābimus captiābitis captiābunt
perfect captiāvī captiāvistī captiāvit captiāvimus captiāvistis captiāvērunt, captiāvēre
pluperfect captiāveram captiāverās captiāverat captiāverāmus captiāverātis captiāverant
future perfect captiāverō captiāveris captiāverit captiāverimus captiāveritis captiāverint
passive present captior captiāris, captiāre captiātur captiāmur captiāminī captiantur
imperfect captiābar captiābāris, captiābāre captiābātur captiābāmur captiābāminī captiābantur
future captiābor captiāberis, captiābere captiābitur captiābimur captiābiminī captiābuntur
perfect captiātus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect captiātus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect captiātus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present captiem captiēs captiet captiēmus captiētis captient
imperfect captiārem captiārēs captiāret captiārēmus captiārētis captiārent
perfect captiāverim captiāverīs captiāverit captiāverīmus captiāverītis captiāverint
pluperfect captiāvissem captiāvissēs captiāvisset captiāvissēmus captiāvissētis captiāvissent
passive present captier captiēris, captiēre captiētur captiēmur captiēminī captientur
imperfect captiārer captiārēris, captiārēre captiārētur captiārēmur captiārēminī captiārentur
perfect captiātus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect captiātus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present captiā captiāte
future captiātō captiātō captiātōte captiantō
passive present captiāre captiāminī
future captiātor captiātor captiantor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives captiāre captiāvisse captiātūrus esse captiārī captiātus esse captiātum īrī
participles captiāns captiātūrus captiātus captiandus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
captiāre captiandī captiandō captiandum captiātum captiātū
Derived terms[edit]


  • captio in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • captio in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “captio”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • captio in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • a fallacious argument; sophism: conclusiuncula fallax or captio