from The Century Dictionary.
- noun etc. See
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- noun Alternative spelling of
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- noun a disputant who quibbles; someone who raises annoying petty objections
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Athaeneus, to philosophers and travellers, an opiniative ass, a caviller, a kind of pedant; for his manners, as Theod.
He cavilled in part like the priest Sabellius, who had cavilled like the Phrygian Praxeas, who was a great caviller.
For my temptation to think it a right, I refer every caviller to a brick house, sashed windows below, and casements above, in Highbury.
I refer every caviller to a brick house, sashed windows below, and casements above, in Highbury.
Porphyry or some other caviller,  may object, that this is fabulous, because the reason of it does not appear; or because it is unusual; or because it is repugnant to the common order of nature.
The philosophic pessimist is not a fretful and malignant caviller who sneers at the follies of others because he thinks himself so much wiser than they.
Behold, says the caviller, there is no good Indian until he dies, and even his friends complain that the young men will "go back" to gambling games and horse races.
"The noble cavalier characterized," "& a rebellious caviller cauterized," 1644 _or_ 5.
Will the caviller still contend with the Almighty?
I have proof enough to carry conviction to any honest breast – to satisfy any caviller – except a court of justice.