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quillet

[kwil-it] /ˈkwɪl ɪt/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a subtlety or quibble.
Origin of quillet
1580-1590
1580-90; earlier quillity, variant of quiddity
Related forms
quilleted, adjective
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  • We are through with the witness, observed Mr. quillet, and she may retire, unless you wish to cross-examine her.

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  • We ask your Honor to exclude what defendant said, exclaimed quillet.

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  • You are quite complimentary, Mr. quillet; you seem to understand the weakness of our sex; we all love flattery.

    The White Rose of Memphis William C. Falkner
  • Mr. quillet, said the judge, are you ready to proceed with the Bramlett case?

    The White Rose of Memphis William C. Falkner
  • One quillet, after much grave reflection, went to see the Minister and give him warning.

  • If your Honor please, I think this a competent juror, said Mr. quillet.

    The White Rose of Memphis William C. Falkner
  • The next case on the docket, Mr. quillet, is the State against Anterson, said the judge.

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  • Have your witnesses called, Mr. quillet, and proceed with the case.

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  • Mr. quillet hastened forward, but he was too late, for the helpless body of Mrs. Ragland fell on the floor before he got to her.

    The White Rose of Memphis William C. Falkner
  • Mr. quillet now took the letter from Dabbs and read it to the jury.

    The White Rose of Memphis William C. Falkner
British Dictionary definitions for quillet

quillet

/ˈkwɪlɪt/
noun
1.
(archaic) a quibble or subtlety
Word Origin
C16: from earlier quillity, perhaps an alteration of quiddity
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Word Origin and History for quillet
n.

"a quibble," obsolete, "prob. a corruption of L. quidlibet 'what you please'" [Klein].

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