If your only cavil to your family's trip to Disney World is that you don't like airline food, you're not representing the anti-Mickey side of the argument very well. A cavil is a small or petty objection.

Cavil is not a word that comes up all that often. You can replace it with the more commonly used word quibble and still have the same meaning. If you cavil over a restaurant bill, you argue about the minute, unimportant details of who owes what — like whether your portion of the bill is $10.00 or $10.17.

Definitions of cavil

v raise trivial objections

carp, chicane
Type of:
express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent

n an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections

quibble, quiddity
Type of:
equivocation, evasion
a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth

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