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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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These words are impatient commands addressed by the revolutionaries to the cavilers, both local and foreign, who fear the solicitation of the status quo.
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London had used its walls to repel invaders in 1554 and had of necessity in 1568 supplied 4000 foot and 2000 carrying cavilers to the army against Scotland.