cavil

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cavil raise trivial objections
    • n cavil an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cavil A captious or frivolous objection. "All the cavils of prejudice and unbelief."
    • v. t Cavil To cavil at.
    • v. i Cavil kăv"ĭl To raise captious and frivolous objections; to find fault without good reason. "You do not well in obstinacy
      To cavil in the course of this contract."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cavil See cavel
    • n cavil See cavel.
    • cavil To raise captious and frivolous objections; find fault without good reason; carp: frequently followed by at.
    • cavil To receive or treat with objections; find fault with.
    • n cavil A captious or frivolous objection; an exception taken for the sake of argument; a carping argument.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Cavil kav′il to make empty, trifling objections: to use false arguments
    • pr.p Cavil cav′illing; pa.p. cav′illed
    • n Cavil a frivolous objection
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cavillari, to practice jesting, to censure, fr. cavilla, bantering jests, sophistry: cf. OF. caviller,

Usage

In literature:

I'll give money to any well deserving friend, but in the matter of business, I'll cavil on the ninth part of a hair.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
I can not cavil at an America that furnishes me with such food as I get in this place.
"Outside Inn" by Ethel M. Kelley
I am but a humble observer of human nature, and like not these ungracious cavillings at Master O'Rapley.
"The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin's Lawsuit" by Richard Harris
Let the real Christian come into the presence of the caviler, stand before his very eyes, and the caviler will not see him.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
Cavilling critics were quick to discover and to expatiate upon this weakness of the play.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
Whatever people may think of the art of Henri Matisse, his fame is beyond cavil.
"Pot-Boilers" by Clive Bell
Surely, it was not for her to cavil at the manner in which he had done it.
"The Girl in the Mirror" by Elizabeth Garver Jordan
I accept Lessing's words, but cavil at your interpretation of them.
"Vashti" by Augusta J. Evans Wilson
This settlement the latter power accepted without cavil for many years.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
See with what rapidity the much-cavilled court would dispatch public business!
"Nuts and Nutcrackers" by Charles James Lever
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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
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
Now fare they forth to battle,
And none for peace shall sue;
And ye who sneer and cavil --
They fight your battle, too.
Scoff if you will, but stand aside,
For there is work to do.
"On The Eve" by Bert Leston Taylor
If that hereafter Pleasure
Cavill, and claim her part and measure,
As if this passed with a reservation,
Or some such words in fashion;
I here exclude the wrangler from thy treasure.
"Obedience" by George Herbert

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 .
Actor Henry Cavill joins other stars in the new film "Immortals.".
The film stars Henry Cavill who will also be the "Man of Steel".
'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".
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.
Henry Cavill and Veronica Echegui star in 'The Cold Light of Day.
It is beyond cavil that the Obama administration and Congress are the most left-wing in history and are pushing hard on policies that move us in the socialist direction.
Henry Cavill will don the skin-tight costume in "Man of Steel," coming in 2013.
Henry Cavill is shown in a scene from "Man of Steel ".
Superman 's Henry Cavill — Hunk of the Day.
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