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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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Cavil aside, Julia Hartwig's volume is a welcome collection.
The bubbly is tailor-made through the addition of a liqueur, a combination of sugar and wines from different years, according to Cavil.
One cavil (and I'm sure you've already heard this from many others): It isn't a clarinet.
But it's impossible to argue with perfection of craft, and the dances committed to film by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are, quite simply, beyond cavil.
However, I had to cavil (okay, find fault) at one point when I read in the press release accompanying the leaflet that, while a heat wave in France probably 'resulted in 15,000 excess deaths', the chance of something similar happening in Britain is 'very low, and less than 0.
He ends by saying, "His human stature seemed beyond cavil anywhere in the temporal world he served with such zealous spiritual devotion.
Still, why cavil about critics when you're sitting on a phenomenon?
That lead the marginalized people to carry arms that were since 1955 when the cavil war in the South had started.
There is almost nothing at which to cavil here, but full-size facsimiles of a few of the most important pages would have been welcome (there are four much reduced illustrations).
One cavil is the decision to translate from French the contributions from Brix, Bonnefoy, Bailly, and Deguy.
Of course, it would be mean-spirited to cavil at so hoary a classic's continuing rebirths.
Those who whine or cavil about nitpicking may profit from being reminded that a nit is an immature louse.