Cavil

Definition of Cavil

Cav´il   Pronunciation: kăv´ĭl
v. i.1.To raise captious and frivolous objections; to find fault without good reason.
[imp. & p. p. Caviled or Cavilled ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Caviling or Cavilling.]
You do not well in obstinacy
To cavil in the course of this contract.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To cavil at.
n.1.A captious or frivolous objection.
All the cavils of prejudice and unbelief.
- Shak.

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adverse criticism, animadversion, argue, argufy, around the bush, aspersion, bad notices, bad press, bandy words, beat about, beg the question, bicker, boggle, captiousness, carp, carping, catch at straws, caviling, censoriousness, censure, chicane, choplogic, complain, complaint, contend, contest, criticism, criticize, cross swords, cut and thrust, cut up, demur, discept, dispute, dodge, equivocate, evade, evade the issue, exception, fault-find, faultfinding, fence, find fault, flak, give and take, hairsplitting, hassle, have it out, hedge, hit, home thrust, hostile criticism, hypercriticalness, hypercriticism, imputation, jesuitism, join issue, knock, lock horns, logomachize, moot, mystify, nagging, niggle, niggling, nit, nit-picking, nitpick, object, obloquy, obscure, overcriticalness, palter, parry, pestering, pettifog, pettifogging, pick holes, pick nits, pick to pieces, plead, polemicize, polemize, prevaricate, priggishness, pull apart, pull to pieces, pussyfoot, quibble, quibbling, quiddity, quillet, quip, quirk, quodlibet, rap, reflection, reproachfulness, shift, shuffle, shy, sidestep, slam, spar, split hairs, stricture, swipe, take exception, take sides, taking exception, tear apart, tear to pieces, tergiversate, thrash out, trichoschistism, try conclusions, wrangle
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