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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He was angry and impatient with the "cavilling spirit of mediocrity," that takes pleasure in the lapses of "the mighty-souled."The Life of Mazzini|Bolton King
At length, without any measures of force, the cavilling of Spain ceased and she acquiesced in the transfer.Thomas Jefferson|Edward S. Ellis et. al.
Mr. Caxton (descending from his stilts with an air as mildly reproachful as if I had been cavilling at the virtues of Socrates).The Caxtons, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
No cavilling about the national debt, however incurred; that is sacred as honor, and must be paid, principal and interest.Letters and Literary Memorials of Samuel J. Tilden, v. 1|Samuel J. Tilden
As for Marble, it was not in his nature to acquiesce in such an arrangement, without much cavilling and contention.Afloat And Ashore|James Fenimore Cooper