cavil (v.) Old form(s): cauill , cauilling , cauils
dispute over details, raise pointless objections
1H4 III.i.134[Hotspur to all] in the way of bargain ... / I'll cavil on the ninth part of a hair
1H6 V.iv.156[Reignier aside to Charles] you do not well in obstinacy / To cavil in the course of this contract
3H6 I.i.117[Montague to Richard] Let's fight it out and not stand cavilling thus
3H6 III.ii.99[Edward to Lady Grey] You cavil, widow
Luc.1025[Lucrece to herself] In vain I cavil with mine infamy
Luc.1093[of Lucrece] Thus cavils she with every thing she sees
TG I.i.38[Proteus to Valentine] 'Tis Love you cavil at
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