Synonyms for cavil

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Dalton liked sympathy too well to cavil about his title to it.

I need not cavil at the phrases 'refinement' and 'gentleman.'

What good purpose then will it serve to cavil at the monks forever?

Not now will we dispute and cavil; not now will we judge harshly of each other.

This is Mythology, and here is, beyond all cavil, a late corruption of Religion.

There is no hesitation, cavil, or debate in the acceptance of it as a duty.

We confess there are points liable to cavil in a walk home by night in February.

Then the little stinging insects of the shed began to cavil and sneer.

Let no one cavil at our phraseology, when we say that the determination was most heroical.

What right have you to cavil at Don Fernando's presence here?

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, from Middle French caviller "to mock, jest," from Latin cavillari "to jeer, mock; satirize, argue scoffingly" (also source of Italian cavillare, Spanish cavilar), from cavilla "jest, jeering," related to calumnia (see calumny).

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