Caviled
Cavil Cav"il (k[a^]v"[i^]l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Caviled} or {Cavilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Caviling} or {Cavilling}.] [L. cavillari to practice jesting, to censure, fr. cavilla bantering jests, sophistry: cf. OF. caviller.] To raise captious and frivolous objections; to find fault without good reason. [1913 Webster]

You do not well in obstinacy To cavil in the course of this contract. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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