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Definition of cavil:

  1. A captious or frivolous objection.
  2. To cavil at.
  3. To raise captious and frivolous objections; to find fault without good reason.

Synonyms:

screw, censure, chouse, niggle, nitpick, complain, quiddity, chicane, pick to pieces, haecceity, shaft, criticize, pettifog, quibble, find fault, support, jockey, cheat, carp.

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