cav|il «KAV uhl», verb, -iled, -il|ing or (especially British) -illed, -il|ling, noun.
to find fault without good reason; raise trivial objections; carp: »

He cavils about the minor points in the rules of the game. Those who do not value Christianity…cavil about sects and schisms (Daniel Webster).

SYNONYM(S): criticize.
to find fault with without good reason; raise trivial objections about; carp at: »

There are men whose intellectual pride cavils and perverts…every truth of the revelation of God (H. E. Manning).

1. a trivial objection; petty criticism: »

I must add one cavil: the pot is an eyesore (New Yorker).

2. the raising of trivial objections; caviling: »

His measures were sure to be the subject of perpetual cavil (John L. Motley).

SYNONYM(S): carping.
[< Old French caviller, learned borrowing from Latin cavillārī to jeer < cavilla a scoffing]
cav´il|ler, noun.

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