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Nov. 22, 2008 - cavil

cavil   [kav uhl ]
verb, -iled, -il⋅ing or (especially British) -illed, -il⋅ling; noun

Definition:
-verb (used without object) 1. to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily (usually fol. by at or about): He finds something to cavil at in everything I say.
–verb (used with object) 2. to oppose by inconsequential, frivolous, or sham objections: to cavil each item of a proposed agenda.
–noun 3. a trivial and annoying objection.
4. the raising of such objections.


Etymology:
1540–50; < L cavillārī to jeer, scoff, quibble, v. deriv. of cavilla jesting, banter


Example:
He invoked these values up front in an attempt to make his recommendations invulnerable to criticism and cavilling by politicians and interest groups.
--Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Ten Myths about Canadian Medicare
Tags: c, latin, noun, verb
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