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cavil (v.)

"to raise frivolous objections, find fault without good reason," 1540s, from French caviller "to mock, jest," from Latin cavillari "to jeer, mock; satirize, argue scoffingly" (also source of Italian cavillare, Spanish cavilar), from cavilla "jest, jeering," which is related to calumnia "slander, false accusation" (see calumny). Related: Caviller, cavilling.

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Definitions of cavil from WordNet
1
cavil (v.)
raise trivial objections;
Synonyms: carp / chicane
2
cavil (n.)
an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections;
Synonyms: quibble / quiddity
From wordnet.princeton.edu