cavil


cavil
I verb attack, belittle, calumniari, carp, carpere, censure frivolously, complain frivolously, condemn, criticize frivolously, decry, denigrate, denounce, deprecate, deride, disapprove, discredit, disparage frivolously, faultfind, find fault with, haggle, object frivolously, protest frivolously, raise frivolous objection to, raise objections frivolously, raise specious objection to, reprehend, ridicule irresponsibly, upbraid, vellicare II index bicker, blame, complain (criticize), denounce (condemn), differ (disagree), disagree, disapprove (condemn), disparage, pettifog, sophistry

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  • Cavil — Cav il (k[a^]v [i^]l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Caviled} or {Cavilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Caviling} or {Cavilling}.] [L. cavillari to practice jesting, to censure, fr. cavilla bantering jests, sophistry: cf. OF. caviller.] To raise captious and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cavil — Cav il, v. t. To cavil at. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cavil — Cav il, n. A captious or frivolous objection. [1913 Webster] All the cavils of prejudice and unbelief. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cavil — 1540s, from M.Fr. caviller to mock, jest, from L. cavillari to satirize, argue scoffingly, from cavilla jest, jeering, related to calumnia (see CALUMNY (Cf. calumny)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cavil — ► VERB (cavilled, cavilling; US caviled, caviling) ▪ make petty objections. ► NOUN ▪ a petty objection. ORIGIN Latin cavillari, from cavilla mockery …   English terms dictionary

  • cavil — [kav′əl] vi. caviled or cavilled, caviling or cavilling [OFr caviller < L cavillari < cavilla, jeering < * calvilla < calvari, to deceive; akin to calumnia, CALUMNY] to object when there is little reason to do so; resort to trivial… …   English World dictionary

  • Cavil — Numéro Un Numéro Un Personnage de Battlestar Galactica Alias Frère Cavil Origine monde cylon …   Wikipédia en Français

  • cavil — cav|il [ˈkævəl] v past tense and past participle cavilled present participle cavilling BrE past tense and past participle caviled present participle caviling AmE [i]formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: cavillari to …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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