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v. cav·iled, cav·il·ing, cav·ils also cav·illed or cav·il·ling
To argue or find fault over trivial matters; raise petty objections. See Synonyms at quibble.
To quibble about; point out petty flaws in.
A carping or trivial objection.

[French caviller, from Old French, from Latin cavillārī, to jeer, from cavilla, a jeering.]

cav′il·er n.
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Noun1.caviler - a disputant who quibbles; someone who raises annoying petty objections
malcontent - a person who is discontented or disgusted


A person who finds fault, often severely and willfully:
References in classic literature ?
Proofs like these are not to be set aside by the idle tongues of cavilers.
Then we went down into a cavern which cavilers say was once a cistern.
Cork was one example where the owner (Tom Coughlan) ran the club in a caviler manner.