cavil [ kav-uhl ]
verb (used without object), cav·iled, cav·il·ing or (especially British) cav·illed, cav·il·ling.
1. to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily (usually followed by at or about): He finds something to cavil at in everything I say.
verb (used with object), cav·iled, cav·il·ing or (especially British) cav·illed, cav·il·ling.
2. to oppose by inconsequential, frivolous, or sham objections: to cavil each item of a proposed agenda.
3. a trivial and annoying objection.
4. the raising of such objections.
OTHER WORDS FROM CAVIL
cav·il·er; especially British, cav·il·ler, noun
cav·il·ing·ly; especially British, cav·il·ling·ly, adverb
out·cav·il, verb (used with object), out·cav·iled, out·cav·il·ing or (especially British) out·cav·illed, out·cav·il·ling.
WORDS RELATED TO CAVIL
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1. carp, complain, criticize.
Origin: 1540–50; < Latin cavillārī to jeer, scoff, quibble, verbal derivative of cavilla jesting, banter
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