AskDefine | Define cavil

Dictionary Definition

cavil n : an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections [syn: quibble, quiddity] v : raise trivial objections [syn: carp, chicane] [also: cavilling, cavilled]

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English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To criticise for petty reasons.

Translations

Noun

  1. A petty or trivial objection or criticism

Extensive Definition

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

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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