Cavilling
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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

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  • cavilling — adjective see caviling …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dissent — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Dissent >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 dissent dissent Sgm: N 1 discordance discordance &c.(disagreement) 24 Sgm: N 1 difference diversity of opinion difference diversity of opinion GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 nonconformity… …   English dictionary for students

  • 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

  • fault-finding — ♦ n criticism, grumbling, complaining, complaint, carping, quibbling, cavilling, nagging, niggling, hypercriticism FORMAL ultracrepidation COLLOQ. finger pointing, hair splitting, nit picking ≠ praise ♦ adj critical, grumbling, nagging, captious …   Useful 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

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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