• WordNet 3.6
    • n caviler a disputant who quibbles; someone who raises annoying petty objections
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Caviler One who cavils. "Cavilers at the style of the Scriptures."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caviler One who cavils; one who is apt to raise captious objections; a carping disputant.
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In literature:

If we credit the head of the text, why cavil at the tail?
"A Handful of Stars" by Frank W. Boreham
But you are always cavilling; a person can't get in a word with you!
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
That consciousness makes me indifferent to the expected cavils of illiberal criticism.
"Original sonnets on various subjects; and odes paraphrased from Horace" by Anna Seward
Criticism and cavil are two very different things.
"Conversation" by Mary Greer Conklin
But one does not want to cavil.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
Heine's solution is beyond a cavil enlightened.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
In what manner it is absurd, merely foolishly impatient or foolishly cavilling, to ask.
"Laurus Nobilis" by Vernon Lee
In the group representing Belgium it is only natural that Edith Cavil should have a prominent place.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
This appeared to be a contradiction in terms, but public apathy accepted it without cavil.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
There is a shrewd lesson here to the class who doubt and cavil simply to show their parts.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller

In poetry:

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
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
But man is close, reserv'd, and dark to thee;
When thou demandest but a heart,
He cavils instantly.
In his poor cabinet of bone
Sinnes have their box apart,
Defrauding thee, who gavest two for one.
"Ungratefulnesse" by George Herbert
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:

Actor Henry Cavill joins other stars in the new film "Immortals.".
The film stars Henry Cavill who will also be the "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.
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.
Henry Cavill as Superman .
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.