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cavil
[ˈkævl] [ˈkævl]

  • v. 无端指责;对……吹毛求疵
  • n. 吹毛求疵的意见
  • n. (Cavil) (美)凯维乐(人名)

[ 过去式 caviled 过去分词 cavilled 现在分词 caviling或-illing ]

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cavil [ 'kævil ]

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

    同义词: quibble quiddity

  • v. raise trivial objections

    同义词: carp chicane

以上来源于: WordNet

 柯林斯英汉双解大词典 

cavil /ˈkævɪl/ ( cavilling, cavilled, cavils )

  • 1. 

    V-I If you say that someone cavils at something, you mean that they make criticisms of it that you think are unimportant or unnecessary. 吹毛求疵 [正式] [no passive]

    例:

    Let us not cavil too much.

    我们不要太吹毛求疵。

    例:

    I don't think this is the time to cavil at the wording of the report.

    我认为现在不是对这份报告的措辞吹毛求疵的时候。

  • 2. 

    N-COUNT Cavil is also a noun. 吹毛求疵的意见

    例:

    These cavils aside, most of the essays are very good indeed.

    撇开这些吹毛求疵的意见,大多数论文确实非常好。

同近义词同根词

词根: cavil

n.

caviler 苛责者;吹毛求疵者

双语例句权威例句

  • In a 1995 race case, Justice Thomas explained without cavil why he thought the government's use of race was wrong.

    1995种族案子上,托马斯大法官毫不苛责解释为什么认为政府使用种族登记错误

    www.ecocn.org

  • Attempts to understand or imagine her inner life tend to be a bit stilted, perhaps because the author is a historian, not a novelist. But this is a small cavil.

    可能因为作者历史学家小说家,所以在尝试理解想像内在生活有点呆板但是吹毛求疵

    www.ecocn.org

  • There was a time when people loved to carp and cavil at the post-1980s generation, either referring to them as the “beat generation” or claiming they were wet behind the ears.

    曾几何时人们80后评头论足感叹他们是“垮掉一代”,认为他们嫩很青涩。

    www.hjenglish.com

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