cavil

Part of speech: verb

To raise frivolous objections.

Part of speech: noun

A captious objection; caviling.

Part of speech: noun

Caviler, caviller.

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Usage examples "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", Algernon Charles Swinburne.
  2. Besides these higher spirits must not bend To common methods; in their inner world They move by broader laws, at whose expression We must adore, not cavil: here she comes- The ministering Saint, fresh from the poor of Christ. - "The Saint's Tragedy", Charles Kingsley.
  3. 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", Sarah J. Rhea.