Cav"il (kav"il), 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 frivolous objections; to find fault without good reason.

You do not well in obstinacy
To cavil in the course of this contract.
Shak.

 

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Cav"il, v. t.

To cavil at. [Obs.] Milton.

 

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Cav"il, n.

A captious or frivolous objection.

All the cavils of prejudice and unbelief.
Shak.

 

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