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cavil

verb attack, belittle, calumniari, carp, censure frivolously, complain frivolously, condemn, criticize frivolously, decry, denigrate, denounce, deprecate, deride, disapprove, discredit, disparage frivolously, faultfind, find fault with, haggle, object frivolously, protest frivolously, raise frivolous objection to, raise objections frivolously, raise specious objection to, reprehend, ridicule irresponsibly, vellicare
See also: bicker, blame, complain, condemn, criticize, denounce, differ, disagree, disapprove, disparage, pettifog, sophistry

CAVIL. Sophism, subtlety. Cavilis a captious argument, by which a conclusion evidently false, is drawn from a principle evidently true: Ea est natura cavillationis ut ab evidenter veris, per brevissimas mutationes disputatio, ad ea quce evidentur falsa sunt perducatur. Dig. 60, 16, 177 et 233; Id. 17, 65; Id. 33, 2, 88.

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The old navy in its last days earned a fame that no belittling malevolence dare cavil at.
Anne, far from wishing to cavil at the pleasure, replied, "I can easily believe it.
His posture--flat upon his back, with his hands crossed upon his stomach and tied with something that he easily broke without profitably altering the situation--the strict confinement of his entire person, the black darkness and profound silence, made a body of evidence impossible to controvert and he accepted it without cavil.
His chief contribution to science was his studies of the electron and his monumental work on the "Identification of Matter and Energy," wherein he established, beyond cavil and for all time, that the ultimate unit of matter and the ultimate unit of force were identical.
Nor do I fear that my sensible reader, though most luxurious in his taste, will start, cavil, or be offended, because I have named but one article.
After some little cavil at the word 'sincere,' and asking him if I had ever given him any answers which were not sincere, I promised him I would.
Glegg's unmistakable kind-heartedness was shown in this, that it pained him more to see his wife at variance with others,--even with Dolly, the servant,--than to be in a state of cavil with her himself; and the quarrel between her and Mr.
Such cavils aside, at their best, these grand, grave, yet agile paintings turn color into a physical experience.
As a touring production this Herring had many virtues in terms of its versatile settings - such as designer Adam Wiltshire's perfectly-clipped trees having their foliage lifted off to reveal well-piled pyramids of greengrocery fruit (though his costume-designs seemed inconsistent in period), and Declan Randall's sensitive lighting - but Michael Barker-Caven's direction invited some cavils.
And, of course, there were the usual cavils of preferential treatment or permitted housing queue-jumping "for certain groups".
leadership, everyone else quarrels, frets and cavils, and we get a concoction like a ''political steering committee'' to run orders of battle.
I find the cavils of selfappointed committees for the suppression of curiosity very tedious," he wrote.