Definition of Cavil

1. Noun. An evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections.

Exact synonyms: Quibble, Quiddity
Generic synonyms: Equivocation, Evasion
Derivative terms: Quibble



2. Verb. Raise trivial objections.
Exact synonyms: Carp, Chicane
Generic synonyms: Object
Derivative terms: Carper, Caviler, Caviller

Definition of Cavil

1. v. i. To raise captious and frivolous objections; to find fault without good reason.

2. v. t. To cavil at.

3. n. A captious or frivolous objection.

Definition of Cavil

1. Verb. (intransitive) To criticise for petty or frivolous reasons. ¹

2. Noun. A petty or trivial objection or criticism ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cavil

1. to carp [v -ILED, -ILING, -ILS or -ILLED, -ILLING, -ILS] - See also: carp

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cavil

caviar lesion
caviar to the general
caviare
caviares
caviarie
caviaries
caviarlike
caviars
cavicapture
cavicorn
cavicorns
cavie
cavier
caviers
cavies
cavil (current term)
cavilation
cavilations
caviled
caviler
cavilers
caviling
cavilingly
cavilings
cavillation
cavillations
cavilled
caviller
cavillers
cavilling

Literary usage of Cavil

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1. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order: With Copious by George Crabb (1881)
"To censure respects positive errors ; to carp and cavil have regard to what is trivial or imaginary : the former is cm- ployed for errors in persons ..."

2. British Synonymy: Or, An Attempt at Regulating the Choice of Words in by Hester Lynch Piozzi (1794)
"... TO PREVARICATE, TO cavil, TO EVADE GIVING ANSWERS, TO SHUFFLE. ... too mean even for fo mean a practice: to cavil is ..."

3. Colliery Working and Management: Comprising the Duties of a Colliery Manager by Harrison Francis Bulman, Richard Augustine Studdert Redmayne (1906)
"That the pits be cavilled for every half-year, and that every man have a cavil in for the pits either singly or in sets. 2. When found necessary to remove ..."

4. A Treatise on Masonry Construction by Ira Osborn Baker (1889)
""The cavil, Fig. 11, has one blunt and one pyramidal, or pointed, end, and weighs from ... H.-cavil. pick used in digging, and is used for rough dressing, ..."

5. The Church History of Britain, from the Birth of Jesus Christ Until the Year by Thomas Fuller (1837)
"The causeless cavil of the Papists thereat. But day shall sooner lack a night to attend it, ... Yea, their cavil recoils on themselves, and their own vulgar ..."

6. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"In the next generation Buchanan, not unwilling to cavil at Boece, used his history as material for his own more elaborate work. ..."

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