What does cavil mean?

Definitions for cavil
ˈkæv əlcav·il

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quibble, quiddity, cavilverb

    an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections

  2. cavil, carp, chicaneverb

    raise trivial objections

Wiktionary

  1. cavilnoun

    A petty or trivial objection or criticism

  2. cavilverb

    To criticise for petty or frivolous reasons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cavilverb

    to raise captious and frivolous objections; to find fault without good reason

    Etymology: [L. cavillari to practice jesting, to censure, fr. cavilla bantering jests, sophistry: cf. OF. caviller.]

  2. Cavilverb

    to cavil at

    Etymology: [L. cavillari to practice jesting, to censure, fr. cavilla bantering jests, sophistry: cf. OF. caviller.]

  3. Cavilnoun

    a captious or frivolous objection

    Etymology: [L. cavillari to practice jesting, to censure, fr. cavilla bantering jests, sophistry: cf. OF. caviller.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cavil

    kav′il, v.t. to make empty, trifling objections: to use false arguments:—pr.p. cav′illing; pa.p. cav′illed.—n. a frivolous objection.—ns. Cavillā′tion, Cav′illing; Cav′iller. [O. Fr. caviller—L. cavillāri, to practise jesting—cavilla, jesting.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cavil

    A large cleat for belaying the fore and main tacks, sheets, and braces to. (See KEVELS.)

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cavil in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cavil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of cavil in a Sentence

  1. Walt Whitman:

    I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.

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