• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Caviling Disposed to cavil; finding fault without good reason. See Captious. "His depreciatory and caviling criticism."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caviling The act of raising captious and frivolous objections; an objection of a captious nature: as, “cavillings and menacings,”
    • caviling Raising frivolous objections; fault-finding. Synonyms Carping, etc. See captious.
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In literature:

This Venus Victrix was not so critical as to cavil at the manifest effort in his tones.
"The Silver Butterfly" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
There is no hesitation, cavil, or debate in the acceptance of it as a duty.
"The Contemporary Review, January 1883" by Various
What a bright glad world it was, and how great must be the sin of a rebellious spirit, cavilling at the dealings of its Creator!
"Vixen, Volume III." by M. E. Braddon
Had she seemed to cavil at the words of her Lord when she simply longed with all her soul to understand?
"The Chautauqua Girls At Home" by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
The cavilling at every newly-painted likeness is notorious.
"Hortus Vitae" by Violet Paget, AKA Vernon Lee
It might be possible to add some cavils, but for the irresistible plea just glanced at, which stops one.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1" by George Saintsbury
But really people are very foolish to cavil over such matters.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
Their discussions are not seldom informative, and that they make public opinion in rural communities is beyond cavil.
"Chapters in Rural Progress" by Kenyon L. Butterfield
Yet what could be more childish than such a cavil, either in England or in St Helena?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847" by Various
But Columbus had already met with cavillers.
"The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Fiske

In poetry:

I cavil not with Him: the voice
That freedom's blessed gospel tells
Is sweet to me as silver bells,
Rejoicing! yea, I will rejoice!
"Astræa at the Capitol" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Fence Thou Thy Child, O Merciful,
When hate shall cavil at His worth;
When underlings like Haman rule
Hold Thou the golden sceptre forth.
"The Magi To The Star" by Mary Hannay Foott
The frowning scribes and angry priests
In vain their impious cavils bring;
Revenge sits silent in their breasts,
While Jewish babes proclaim their King.
"Psalm 8 part 1" by Isaac Watts
So swift to cavil and deny,
Then parley with concessions shy,
Dear eyes, that make their youth be mine
And through my inmost shadows shine,
Oh, tell me more or tell me less!
"The Petition" by James Russell Lowell
Proved to me this day, beyond cavil, that it is not my material
eyes which finally see,
Nor my material body which finally loves, walks, laughs, shouts,
embraces, procreates.
"Poems Of Joys" by Walt Whitman
God meant to break it gently, ease my anguish,
But I rebelled, and caviled at His will.
Now, seeing His great wisdom, though I languish,
In bitter pain, I trust His mercy still.
"Blind Sorrow" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Your Oct 20 Week in Review article cavils at the moribund caste system in India, but the system exists in the United States, in a different guise .
'Man of Steel' star Henry Cavill (r.) and director Zack Snyder (l.) speak at Comic-Con.
Henry Cavill is made of steel and hotness in the.
Henry Cavill is shown in a scene from "Man of Steel".
Vampire Hunter" star Benjamin Walker is in talks to star opposite Henry Cavill in Ed Zwick's Legendary East pic "The Great Wall ," which will be distributed by Warner Bros.
Henry Cavill debuts as Superman with a star-studded cast set to support him.
Future Superman Henry Cavill (right) plays the less-than-interesting son to Bruce Willis' more kickass spy father in The Cold Light of Day.
Henry Cavill's pretty face isn't enough to save lackluster The Cold Light of Day.
Doris Cavileer Ryder tried to escape Lower Bank but got pulled back in.
Another Superman will hit theaters in 2012 with a new man in tights: British actor Henry Cavill.
Warner Bros releases photo of Henry Cavill as Superman in 'Man of Steel'.
3, Henry Cavill action pic "In the Cold Light of Day" tanks, comes in No 13.
It wasn't too long ago that we got a first look at Henry Cavill as Superman for the upcoming Man of Steel movie.
Now some new on the set photos of Cavill as both Superman and Clark Kent have leaked all over the internet.
LEGENDARY PICTURES Fresh off the news that Laurence Fishburne would be joining the cast of the upcoming Superman reboot "Man of Steel," comes a first look of star Henry Cavill as The Son of Krypton.