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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of cavil.


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  • But apparently these do authorize the Palestinian Authority to claim it, or else Mr. Errera would have caviled at the Palestinian Authority's demand.

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  • My stepfather, a mid-level Washington insider who spent twenty years working as a staffer for Democratic senators, caviled vigorously at the idea that the Democrats are the “Inner Party” and Republicans are the “Outer Party.”

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  • The historical debate over the Christianity or secularism of the Founders will continue to be caviled over ad infinitum.

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  • The reviewer who sarcashcally caviled that the story should have been about the "Last Woman" would have been far more perceptive to realize what I helieve Mary Shelley herself knew full well:

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  • Though many critics caviled at the show's video display and the lack of scholarly apparatus, some appreciated its modest scale -- and none could really argue with the crowds that ceaselessly thronged it.

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  • Mookie Wilson and Lenny Dykstra caviled about having to platoon in center.

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  • The Doctor was a shrewd man, and, understanding his fellow-men in their mental as well as their physical natures, knew very well that such a story, if it were not entirely discredited, would be at any rate doubted and caviled at.

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  • The men caviled on at each other endlessly, disputing, denying, upbraiding, and once in a while coming to blows.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock

  • No one caviled nor complained at the one-ideaness of womankind while the world was in a welter of woe and slaughter.

    'Oh, Well, You Know How Women Are!'

  • I suppose he means that this article of the resurrection was not in itself the less credible because the heathen philosophers caviled at it as a thing impossible and contradictious, and endeavored to disgrace the

    The World's Great Sermons, Volume 02 Hooker to South


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