cavil definition

  • verb-intransitive:
    • discover fault unnecessarily; raise insignificant objections. See Synonyms at quibble.
    • to improve captious and frivolous objections; to get fault without good reason.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To quibble about; detect petty defects in.
    • To cavil at.
  • noun:
    • A carping or trivial objection.
    • A petty or insignificant objection or criticism.
    • A captious or frivolous objection.
    • See cavel
    • See cavel.
    • A captious or frivolous objection; an exception taken in the interests of debate; a carping argument.
    • an evasion of the point of a quarrel by raising unimportant differences or objections
  • verb:
    • To criticise for petty or frivolous reasons.
    • raise trivial objections
  • others:
    • to increase captious and frivolous objections; find fault without justification; carp: often accompanied by at.
    • to get or treat with objections; discover fault with.

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