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Meaning of CAVIL

Pronunciation:  'kavul

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  raise trivial objections

CAVIL is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: carp, chicane
 See Also: object



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cav"il\ (k[a^]v"[i^]l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Caviled} or
    {Cavilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Caviling} or {Cavilling}.] [L.
    cavillari to practice jesting, to censure, fr. cavilla
    bantering jests, sophistry: cf. OF. caviller.]
    To raise captious and frivolous objections; to find fault
    without good reason.
          You do not well in obstinacy To cavil in the course of
          this contract.                           --Shak.
  2. \Cav"il\, v. t.
    To cavil at. [Obs.] --Milton.
  3. \Cav"il\, n.
    A captious or frivolous objection.
          All the cavils of prejudice and unbelief. --Shak.
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