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cavil
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections; or to raise trivial objections
  • Mr. Glegg's unmistakable kind-heartedness was shown in this, that it pained him more to see his wife at variance with others,—even with Dolly, the servant,—than to be in a state of cavil with her himself; and the quarrel between her and Mr. Tulliver vexed him so much that it quite nullified the pleasure he would otherwise have had in the state of his early cabbages, as he walked in his garden before breakfast the next morning.
    1.12 -- Book 1 Chapter 12 -- Mr. and Mrs. Glegg at Home (61% in)

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