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synonyms for cavilling

  • carp
  • criticize
  • find fault
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How to use cavilling in a sentence

He was angry and impatient with the "cavilling spirit of mediocrity," that takes pleasure in the lapses of "the mighty-souled."
THE LIFE OF MAZZINIBOLTON KING
At length, without any measures of force, the cavilling of Spain ceased and she acquiesced in the transfer.
THOMAS JEFFERSONEDWARD S. ELLIS ET. AL.
Mr. Caxton (descending from his stilts with an air as mildly reproachful as if I had been cavilling at the virtues of Socrates).
THE CAXTONS, COMPLETEEDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
No cavilling about the national debt, however incurred; that is sacred as honor, and must be paid, principal and interest.
LETTERS AND LITERARY MEMORIALS OF SAMUEL J. TILDEN, V. 1SAMUEL J. TILDEN
As for Marble, it was not in his nature to acquiesce in such an arrangement, without much cavilling and contention.
AFLOAT AND ASHOREJAMES FENIMORE COOPER
She was also liable—as such persons often are—to mistake cavilling for spirit and wit—a most tedious error!
THE FAR HORIZONLUCAS MALET
It accepts what is given without question, or cavilling as to much or to little, leaving the giver altogether free.
THE FAR HORIZONLUCAS MALET
The following year brought a production which the cavilling reader might excusably regard as a fulfilment of this jocose threat.
ROBERT BROWNINGC. H. HERFORD
Such cavilling as there was came from the organized support of his own party and had little importance because it did.
THE IMPERIALIST(A.K.A. MRS. EVERARD COTES) SARA JEANNETTE DUNCAN
History does not record the result, beyond a cavilling incrimination about a diamond-headed cane.
THE NEW GERMANYGEORGE YOUNG
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