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.
Origin of cavil
Examples from the Web for cavils
But is it by cavils like these that a great institution should be defended?The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 4 (of 4)|Thomas Babington Macaulay
But Scott has anticipated these cavils in the eighteenth chapter of the second volume.Rob Roy, Volume 1., Illustrated|Sir Walter Scott
Carp′er, one who carps or cavils; Carp′ing, cavilling: fault-finding.
But here philosophy finds herself extremely embarrassed, when she would obviate the cavils and objections of the sceptics.Heresy: Its Utility And Morality|Charles Bradlaugh
It is fair to say, and a hopeful sign of the times also, that these cavils fall to the ground utterly ineffectual and harmless.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 5 (of 20)|Charles Sumner
verb -ils, -illing or -illed or US -ils, -iling or -iled
Word Origin for cavil
1540s, from Middle French caviller "to mock, jest," from Latin cavillari "to jeer, mock; satirize, argue scoffingly" (also source of Italian cavillare, Spanish cavilar), from cavilla "jest, jeering," related to calumnia (see calumny).