The notice in the Spectator must have been doubly welcome to Pope after the invective and cavils of Dennis.
cavils like this are superfluous in view of the abundant testimony to the contrary.
But here philosophy finds herself extremely embarrassed, when she would obviate the cavils and objections of the sceptics.
I prefer the atheist who blasphemes to the sceptic who cavils.
And I shall not trouble myself afterwards with any cavils that may be made; neither by whom, nor in what manner.
There were also delays, hesitations and cavils at home, which were more inexplicable.
He had had cavils not a few with Oglethorpe and the Georgian Trustees.
It would only expose him, he said, to the suspicions and the cavils of his enemies.
All cavils are wasted, and worse than wasted, on such a man.
You start abstruse doubts, cavils, and objections: You ask me what is the cause of this cause?
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).