It would be foolish to cavil about living in any city, with its many pleasures and diversions, he says.
And this the dull dunces—the eyeless, earless, brainless and bloodless callosites of cavil—are pleased to call lust!
Dalton liked sympathy too well to cavil about his title to it.
I am willing to acknowledge all this; I cavil not for the cause—I only ask acceptance for the fact.
Not now will we dispute and cavil; not now will we judge harshly of each other.
The Existence of the Evils herein enumerated is placed beyond all doubt and cavil.
This is Mythology, and here is, beyond all cavil, a late corruption of Religion.
We are well aware that there are persons, who, to show their own superior abilities, may cavil and say that there is nothing new.
We confess there are points liable to cavil in a walk home by night in February.
As between man and man there was nothing for me to cavil at; I was invited to a friend's wedding, that was all.
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).