Word of the Day
Tuesday, December 07, 1999

Definitions for cavil

  1. To raise trivial or frivolous objections; to find fault without good reason.
  2. To raise trivial objections to.
  3. A trivial or frivolous objection.

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Citations for cavil
Insiders with their own strong views, after all, tend to cavil about competing ideas and stories they consider less than comprehensive. Laurence I. Barrett, Time
It may seem churlish, amid the selection of so much glory, to cavil at a single omission, but I do think a great opportunity has been missed. Tom Rosenthal, New Statesman
Origin of cavil
Cavil comes from Latin cavillari, "to jeer, to quibble," from cavilla, "scoffing."