verb (used without object), cav·iled, cav·il·ing or (especially British) cav·illed, cav·il·ling.
verb (used with object), cav·iled, cav·il·ing or (especially British) cav·illed, cav·il·ling.
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It would be foolish to cavil about living in any city, with its many pleasures and diversions, he says.
There is no hesitation, cavil, or debate in the acceptance of it as a duty.
I should n't want to have it go abroad that we had not acted formally, if there was any one disposed to cavil.Eli|Heman White Chaplin
Of this he complains, with some cause, as it afterwards occasioned numbers of unsanctified critics to laugh and cavil at him.The Book of Curiosities|I. Platts
Some discontented Frerons or Arnauds, might cavil against it: but this was rebellion, not controversy.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2)|John Hill Burton
This appeared to be a contradiction in terms, but public apathy accepted it without cavil.Somehow Good|William de Morgan