The essential quality of a thing
To quibble is defined as to use petty, trivial expressions or arguments when discussing an issue.
Carp is defined as to find fault or nag unreasonably.
To find fault with:
Censure is defined as to criticize or judge in a harsh manner.
To find fault; declare annoyance
To represent or speak of as unimportant or contemptible:
To engage in a bad-tempered quarrel, often in a petty manner over something trivial; squabble.
To argue in an attempt to come to terms.
To be concerned with or find fault with insignificant details.
To resort to tricks or subterfuges; use chicanery.
Find another word for cavil. In this page you can discover 19 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for cavil, like: quiddity, quibble, carp, criticize, censure, complain, belittle, bicker, criticism (speciousor frivolous), criticize.--n. objection and exception.