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


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  • And if they cavil at it, as MPs have cavilled and continue to cavil at the detection of their felonies, they may yet discover what the whoosh of the guillotine blade sounds like.

    Let Us Destroy The Big State

  • He cavilled in part like the priest Sabellius, who had cavilled like the Phrygian Praxeas, who was a great caviller.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • The Christians sophisticated, cavilled, hated, and excommunicated one another, for some of these dogmas inaccessible to human intellect, before the time of Arius and Athanasius.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • I'd personally throw the Schwinn over the fence of anyone who read that story and cavilled about spelling.

    kite and key party

  • It may be a very difficult thing, perhaps, for a man of the best sense to write a love-letter that may not be cavilled at.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • However, their replication is no worse than many similar multiproxies, which have not cavilled at opining on MWP-modern relationships.

    Cook et al[2004]: More Cargo Cult? « Climate Audit

  • Others make the word refer to exceptions of impossible cases; the priests were to perform all the duties possible to them; if any thing lay beyond their power, the exception was not to be cavilled at.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • He had cavilled at the idea, but she mentioned the loan again, and he capitulated.

    Tears Of The Giraffe

  • The great man cavilled that the day was past, for the sun was set: Nicodemus goes into his oratory again, covers himself and prays, and the clouds dispersing themselves, the sun breaks out again.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • Now if we will consult the Glossers upon those places, they will tell us that these alterations were made, some of them, lest the sacred text should be cavilled at; others that the honour and peace of the nation might be secured.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica


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