cavil

(redirected from caviller)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

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.

References in periodicals archive ?
We don't need any more headstrong, litigious lawyers; we've been groaning under the weight of carpers and cavillers for years.
Cavillers will object that the sole play worthy of that description is the Auto da India and that the Exortacao da Guerra and the first Barca clamoured only for the control of ever more pracas in Atlantic Morocco, an area where the Portuguese had been establishing footholds ever since the capture, a full century earlier, of Ceuta in i415, and that even the projected subjugation of the whole Magreb hardly amounted to 'discovery'.
The liveliness of such a literature exceeds even that of one rich in talent, for, as it has no writer whose great gifts could silence at least the majority of cavillers, literary competition on the greatest scale has a real justification.