cavil

  • 1 Cavil — may refer to:* Brother Cavil, a fictional character from the re imagined Battlestar Galactica television series * Kwame Cavil (born 1979), Canadian Football League wide receiver …

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  • 2 Cavil — Cav il (k[a^]v [i^]l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Caviled} or {Cavilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Caviling} or {Cavilling}.] [L. cavillari to practice jesting, to censure, fr. cavilla bantering jests, sophistry: cf. OF. caviller.] To raise captious and… …

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  • 3 Cavil — Cav il, v. t. To cavil at. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 Cavil — Cav il, n. A captious or frivolous objection. [1913 Webster] All the cavils of prejudice and unbelief. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 cavil — I verb attack, belittle, calumniari, carp, carpere, censure frivolously, complain frivolously, condemn, criticize frivolously, decry, denigrate, denounce, deprecate, deride, disapprove, discredit, disparage frivolously, faultfind, find fault with …

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  • 6 cavil — 1540s, from M.Fr. caviller to mock, jest, from L. cavillari to satirize, argue scoffingly, from cavilla jest, jeering, related to calumnia (see CALUMNY (Cf. calumny)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 cavil — ► VERB (cavilled, cavilling; US caviled, caviling) ▪ make petty objections. ► NOUN ▪ a petty objection. ORIGIN Latin cavillari, from cavilla mockery …

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  • 8 cavil — [kav′əl] vi. caviled or cavilled, caviling or cavilling [OFr caviller < L cavillari < cavilla, jeering < * calvilla < calvari, to deceive; akin to calumnia, CALUMNY] to object when there is little reason to do so; resort to trivial… …

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  • 9 Cavil — Numéro Un Numéro Un Personnage de Battlestar Galactica Alias Frère Cavil Origine monde cylon …

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  • 10 cavil — cav|il [ˈkævəl] v past tense and past participle cavilled present participle cavilling BrE past tense and past participle caviled present participle caviling AmE [i]formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: cavillari to …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 cavil — [[t]kæ̱v(ə)l[/t]] cavils, cavilling, cavilled VERB: no passive (disapproval) If you say that someone cavils at something, you mean that they make criticisms of it that you think are unimportant or unnecessary. [FORMAL] Since the government has… …

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  • 12 cavil — verb ( iled or illed; iling or cavilling) Etymology: Latin cavillari to jest, cavil, from cavilla raillery; akin to Latin calvi to deceive more at calumny Date: 1542 intransitive verb to raise trivial and frivolous …

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  • 13 cavil — caviler; esp. Brit., caviller, n. cavilingly; esp. Brit., cavillingly, adv. /kav euhl/, v., caviled, caviling or (esp. Brit.) cavilled, cavilling, n. v.i. 1. to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily (usually fol.… …

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  • 14 Cavil — Recorded as Cavill, Cavill, Cavell, Kivell and Kivelle, this rare surname has three possible origins. Firstly it may be Old Cornish, from a personal name spelt in several ways including Gyfel, Cyfel, or Cuvel, and thought to derive from the Welsh …

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  • 15 cavil — v. (formal) (D; intr.) to cavil at * * * [ kæv(ə)l] (formal) (D; intr.) to cavil at …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 cavil — UK [ˈkæv(ə)l] / US [ˈkævəl] verb [intransitive] Word forms cavil : present tense I/you/we/they cavil he/she/it cavils present participle cavilling past tense cavilled past participle cavilled formal to argue or protest about unimportant details …

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  • 17 cavil — Kevel Kev el, n. [Prov. E. kevil, cavel, rod, pole, a large hammer, horse s bit; cf. Icel. kefli cylinder, a stick, mangle, and Dan. kievle a roller.] 1. (Naut.) A strong cleat to which large ropes are belayed. [1913 Webster] 2. A stone mason s… …

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  • 18 cavil — cav|il [ kævəl ] verb intransitive FORMAL to argue or protest about unimportant details: cavil at: There s no point in caviling at the list of possible speakers until we ve decided whether to hold the conference …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 cavil — 1) to extract a hook from a fish mouth by means of a notched stick (Scottish dialect). Also spelled kavle and variants 2) kavle (the rearmost space in a boat where the fishing line is hauled in over the gunwhale and where fish are remove from the …

    Dictionary of ichthyology

  • 20 cavil — 1. verb /ˈkæv.əl,ˈkæv.ɪl/ To criticise for petty or frivolous reasons. Syn: hypercritical, nitpick, pettifog, split hairs 2. noun …

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