• WordNet 3.6
    • n caviller a disputant who quibbles; someone who raises annoying petty objections
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Caviller One who cavils. "Cavilers at the style of the Scriptures."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caviller etc. See caviler, etc.
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In literature:

The members in the opposition, according to custom, cavilled at the nature of this address.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Is the suspicion, the open suspicion of such an one, no insult, that he must cavil if he be repaid in insult?
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
But now she understood beyond cavil that because she had opened her eyes, the girl was giving thanks to the Deity.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
I have not taken up all the cavils of Infidelity.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
Having thus ascertained the true cause of death, beyond reach of cavil, they proceed to light up the ghost to the door of his murderer.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
Recent demonstrations in that direction go to prove beyond cavil the fact.
"The Dismal Swamp and Lake Drummond, Early recollections" by Robert Arnold
Was the dispensation for Henry's own marriage beyond cavil?
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
His cavils ceased as his reason strengthened.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
The Lawyer said that Hubert was a Pup, beyond all Cavil.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
What memory could stand such a burden, or what might legal cavil not find therein?
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 2, August, 1864" by Various
It is simplicity and not worldly arrogance, obedience and not caviling; first as a daughter, then as a wife.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I need not cavil at the phrases 'refinement' and 'gentleman.
"English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century" by Leslie Stephen
They'd have cavilled until night, with no result, one holding out against the other.
"Johnny Ludlow, Second Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
There is enthusiasm everywhere in the sense of religious fervor, but nowhere in the sense of unbecoming heat or impatient caviling.
"The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. I (of II)" by Walter M. Chandler
Then the little stinging insects of the shed began to cavil and sneer.
"Life in a Railway Factory" by Alfred Williams
It no longer accepted her laws; it cavilled at her authority, ort openly spurned it.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
But the road was hardly completed when a specter of constitutional cavil arose, threatening its existence.
"Historic Highways of America (Vol. 10)" by Archer Butler Hulbert
You accuse me of cavilling, because, before replying, I wish to know precisely what I have to answer.
"Captain Paul" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
It is to challenge the cavil and counter-demonstration of unbelief.
"Christianity and Modern Thought" by Various
Assuredly the components of this particular household group had no cause to cavil concerning the rarity of Christian charity.
"Local Color" by Irvin S. Cobb

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
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
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

In news:

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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'.
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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.