Un cavilling

cavil

[kav-uhl]
verb (used without object), caviled, caviling or (especially British) cavilled, cavilling.
1.
to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily (usually followed by at or about ): He finds something to cavil at in everything I say.
verb (used with object), caviled, caviling or (especially British) cavilled, cavilling.
2.
to oppose by inconsequential, frivolous, or sham objections: to cavil each item of a proposed agenda.
noun
3.
a trivial and annoying objection.
4.
the raising of such objections.

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin cavillārī to jeer, scoff, quibble, verbal derivative of cavilla jesting, banter

caviler; especially British, caviller, noun
cavilingly; especially British, cavillingly, adverb
outcavil, verb (used with object), outcaviled, outcaviling or (especially British) outcavilled, outcavilling.
uncaviling, adjective
uncavilling, adjective


1. carp, complain, criticize.
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cavil (ˈkævɪl)
 
vb , (US) -ils, -illing, -illed, -ils, -iling, -iled
1.  (intr; foll by at or about) to raise annoying petty objections; quibble; carp
 
n
2.  a captious trifling objection
 
[C16: from Old French caviller, from Latin cavillārī to jeer, from cavilla raillery]
 
'caviller
 
n
 
'cavilling
 
adj

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cavil
1548, from M.Fr. caviller "to mock, jest," from L. cavillari "to satirize, argue scoffingly," from cavilla "jeering," related to calumnia (see calumny).
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