What does the word cavil mean?

    Part of speech: verb intransitive

  • To raise frivolous objections.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • A captious objection; caviling.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Caviler, caviller.

Usage examples for cavil

  1. I could not count the lines which on reperusal of this great tragic poem I find apt for illustrative quotation, or suggestive of a tributary comment: but enough has already been cited to prove beyond all chance of cavil from any student worthy of the name that the place of Cyril Tourneur is not among minor poets, nor his genius of such a temper as naturally to attract the sympathy or arouse the enthusiasm of their admirers; that among the comrades or the disciples who to us may appear but as retainers or satellites of Shakespeare his rank is high and his credentials to that rank are clear. – The Age of Shakespeare by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  2. After disputing and raising objections he was left without an answer, but continued to cavil. – Life of Henry Martyn, Missionary to India and Persia, 1781 to 1812 by Sarah J. Rhea
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