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  • adj.carping
  • adj.trifling

synonyms for quibbling

  • complaining
  • griping
  • niggling
  • fault-finding
  • hairsplitting
  • nit-picking
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How to use quibbling in a sentence

Thus was the noble "royal law according to the Scripture" destroyed by the petty quibbling use of the word "neighbour."
EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE: THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEWJOHN MONRO GIBSON
Poetry had not as yet become the adversary of wit, nor had speculation abused itself by passing into quibbling.
THE AESTHETICAL ESSAYSFRIEDRICH SCHILLER
His argument is of merciless length, and occasionally so minute as to sound like quibbling.
THE ENGLISH UTILITARIANS, VOLUME I.LESLIE STEPHEN
As one reads these decisions, there is no evidence of political log-rolling, or of legal quibbling.
RAILROADS: RATES AND REGULATIONSWILLIAM Z. RIPLEY
Now, that's one of your quibbles, my dear Bishop, and I detest quibbling!
LYRE AND LANCETF. ANSTEY
Quibbling over the minutiæ of form is indicative of failure to grasp the spirit.
INFANTRY DRILL REGULATIONS, UNITED STATES ARMY, 1911UNITED STATES WAR DEPARTMENT
We are—under lawyers' quibbling—drifting apart very rapidly, to our complete isolation from the sympathy of the whole world.
THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF WALTER H. PAGE, VOLUME IIBURTON J. HENDRICK
Quibbling over minor details shows a failure to grasp the big ideas.
THE PLATTSBURG MANUALO.O. ELLIS AND E.B. GAREY
If Shakespeare had graduated at Oxford, he might have been a quibbling attorney, or a hypocritical parson.
THE WORKS OF ROBERT G. INGERSOLL, VOL. 3 (OF 12)ROBERT G. INGERSOLL
In this letter he says that his work was criticised as unlearned, because it did not use the quibbling methods of the schools.
DESIDERIUS ERASMUS OF ROTTERDAMEPHRAIM EMERTON
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WORDS RELATED TO QUIBBLING

  • bellyaching
  • caviling
  • censorious
  • critical
  • criticizing
  • deprecatory
  • disparaging
  • fault-finding
  • griping
  • grouchy
  • grousing
  • grumbling
  • hypercritical
  • kvetching
  • moaning
  • nagging
  • niggling
  • nit-picking
  • overcritical
  • quibbling
  • scathing
  • whining
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.