Cavillation

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cavillation Frivolous or sophistical objection.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cavillation The act or practice of caviling or raising captious objections; a caviling or quibbling objection or criticism.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cavillation, L. cavillatio,

Usage

In literature:

The affair was therefore respectable beyond cavil.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
I will have no cavilling at my orders.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat
What good purpose then will it serve to cavil at the monks forever?
"Bibliomania in the Middle Ages" by Frederick Somner Merryweather
Let us at once find him, and refute beyond cavil this injurious hypothesis.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
But quarrels and cavils, but sorrow and care?
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume V." by Various
We can stop, therefore, neither in perpetual adoration of nor perpetual caviling at the past.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
But quarrels and cavils, but sorrow and care?
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
Cavil, jealousy and partisan intrigue, in which he and the cause finally went down together, had not yet done their work.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
This would appear, at first sight, to settle the question beyond cavil.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
He was no conceited or froward caviller at authority, nor born rebel against established teachers and governors.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 2 of 3)" by John Morley
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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
II. PRAYER.
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
IF ceremony 'twere, Joconde replied,
All cavil then we quickly could decide;
Precedence would no doubt with you remain:
But this is quite another case 'tis plain;
And equity demands that we agree,
By lot to settle which the man shall be.
"Joconde" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

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Henry Cavill as Superman .
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