Cavil - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkævl|  American pronunciation of the word cavil
Brit.  |ˈkæv(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word cavil

noun

- an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections (syn: quibble, quiddity)

verb

- raise trivial objections (syn: carp, chicane)

Examples

I don't intend to cavil or compromise.

A customer caviled about the price.

They cavilled at our calculations.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: cavil
he/she/it: cavils
present participle: cavilling
past tense: cavilled
past participle: cavilled
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