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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.]
vb, -ils, -illing or -illed, -ils, -iling or -iled
(intr; foll by at or about) to raise annoying petty objections; quibble; carp
a captious trifling objection
[C16: from Old French caviller, from Latin cavillārī to jeer, from cavilla raillery]
ˈcaviller, ˈcaviler n
v. -iled, -il•ing (esp. Brit.) -illed, -il•ling, v.i.
1. to raise trivial and unnecessary objections (usu. fol. by at or about).v.t.
2. to oppose by trivial or frivolous objections.n.
3. a trivial and annoying objection.
4. the raising of such objections.
[1540–50; < Latin cavillārī to scoff, quibble]
cav′il•er; esp. Brit., cav′il•ler, n.
cav′il•ing•ly; esp. Brit., cav′il•ling•ly, adv.
Past participle: cavilled
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|Noun||1.||cavil - an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections|
|Verb||1.||cavil - raise trivial objections|
object - express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent; "She never objected to the amount of work her boss charged her with"; "When asked to drive the truck, she objected that she did not have a driver's license"