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1. often accoutrements An accessory item of equipment or dress.
2. often accoutrements Military equipment other than uniforms and weapons.
3. accoutrements Outward forms of recognition; trappings: cathedral ceilings, heated swimming pools, and other accoutrements signaling great wealth.
4. Archaic The act of accoutring.
v. cav·iled, cav·il·ing, cav·ils also cav·illed or cav·il·ling
or find fault over trivial matters; raise petty objections. See Synonyms
To quibble about; point out petty flaws in.
A carping or trivial objection.
[French caviller, from Old French, from Latin cavillārī, to jeer, from cavilla, a jeering.]
also intransigeant (ĭn-trăn′sə-jənt, -zə-)
Refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position; uncompromising.
, from Spanish intransigente
, not (from Latin; see in-1
) + transigente
, present participle
, to compromise (from Latin trānsigere
, to come to an agreement
, to drive
; see ag-
in Indo-European roots
in·tran′si·gence, in·tran′si·gen·cy n.