Cavilled
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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  • cavilled — cav·il || kævɪl v. complain, criticize, find fault …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cavil — cav|il [ˈkævəl] v past tense and past participle cavilled present participle cavilling BrE past tense and past participle caviled present participle caviling AmE [i]formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: cavillari to …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cavil — UK [ˈkæv(ə)l] / US [ˈkævəl] verb [intransitive] Word forms cavil : present tense I/you/we/they cavil he/she/it cavils present participle cavilling past tense cavilled past participle cavilled formal to argue or protest about unimportant details …   English dictionary

  • cavil — I. /ˈkævəl / (say kavuhl) verb (i) (cavilled or, US, caviled, cavilling or, US, caviling) 1. (sometimes followed by at) to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault unnecessarily. –noun 2. a trivial and annoying objection …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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