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cavil

[ kav-uhl ]
/ 藞k忙v 蓹l /
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verb (used without object), cav路iled, cav路il路ing or (especially British) cav路illed, cav路il路ling.
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路iled, cav路il路ing or (especially British) cav路illed, cav路il路ling.
to oppose by inconsequential, frivolous, or sham objections: to cavil each item of a proposed agenda.
noun
a trivial and annoying objection.
the raising of such objections.
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Origin of cavil

First recorded in 1540鈥50; from Latin cavill膩r墨 鈥渢o jeer, scoff, quibble,鈥 derivative of cavilla 鈥渏esting, banter鈥

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British Dictionary definitions for cavil

cavil
/ (藞k忙v瑟l) /

verb -ils, -illing or -illed or US -ils, -iling or -iled
(intr; foll by at or about) to raise annoying petty objections; quibble; carp
noun
a captious trifling objection

Derived forms of cavil

caviller, nouncavilling, adjective

Word Origin for cavil

C16: from Old French caviller, from Latin cavill膩r墨 to jeer, from cavilla raillery
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