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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.
It is a terrific joke, of course, but few will cavil when I say that the Carry On team's greatest moment actually came when the foothills of Snowdonia stood in for the Khyber Pass, as the Burpas clashed with the Third Foot and Mouth.
The book is so entertaining that it's almost cavalier to cavil at its concept.
The cavil over possible rat-teeth marks in the bread wrapper
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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.
One cavil (and I'm sure you've already heard this from many others): It isn't a clarinet.
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 0.1pc'.
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.