Main definitions of quarrel in English

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quarrel1

noun

  • 1A heated argument or disagreement, typically about a trivial issue and between people who are usually on good term.

    ‘she made the mistake of picking a quarrel with John’
    • ‘The Baildons were known for legal quarrels, fighting, intimidation and even murder.’
    • ‘Best friends since secondary school, Jeff and Nick had their fair share of arguments and quarrels in their six years of friendship, but always managed to patch things up in a matter of time.’
    • ‘I still remember a lover's quarrel last February when I'd walked desolately along Madison Avenue, only to come across a small crowd gathered around the store.’
    • ‘You are entering a challenging time of quarrels and conflict that nevertheless will offer you the chance to put an end to a tricky situation once and for all.’
    • ‘The office is not a place either for a lover's quarrel, which could be annoying and inappropriate to colleagues.’
    • ‘Their first meeting around Johnson's dinner table ended in a quarrel since Wollstonecraft disagreed with Godwin's sweeping atheism.’
    • ‘However, it was no playground quarrel between fellow pupils.’
    • ‘It was not a particularly serious quarrel and the relationship between the two of you up to that point had been fairly good.’
    • ‘Customers often asked the kindly gentleman to help crack their problems, which could be anything from domestic quarrels to housing disputes.’
    • ‘I have in mind the escalation of violent quarrels and feuds, particularly in a tribal culture.’
    • ‘Meanwhile courtiers had told Cosimo that his mathematician was engaging in disputes that might bring discredit on him, so he advised Galileo to write out his arguments and avoid public quarrels.’
    • ‘It is quite normal that conflicts of interests may sometimes lead to quarrels or even fights.’
    • ‘Gossip causes quarrel and tears apart relationships, families, even entire communities.’
    • ‘Tensions were also high between soldiers from Italian 1st Regiment and those from France, with arguments and quarrels among the soldiers leading to duels.’
    • ‘Confrontation on Spruce St. is one example, in which a young couple is seen arguing - maybe over a parking spot, maybe having a lovers' quarrel, maybe even sharing a joke.’
    • ‘The injury he had done was not the result of sudden heat of blood or quarrel, but of a deliberate determination to commit violence, for the purpose of preventing others working for the wages they chose to work for.’
    • ‘Actually, the same principle used to solve domestic quarrels can be applied to achieve world peace.’
    • ‘Serious diplomatic quarrels and armed conflicts have begun over less significant misunderstandings.’
    • ‘All the misunderstandings and quarrels of the past had been sorted out.’
    • ‘Pam's recipe for a long and happy marriage is a lot of give and take, and always making up any arguments or quarrels before going to bed.’
    argument, row, fight, disagreement, difference of opinion, dissension, falling-out
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    1. 1.1usually with negative A reason for disagreement with a person, group, or principle.
      ‘we have no quarrel with the people of the country, only with the dictator’
      • ‘I have no quarrel with your terminology except that it has connotations of teenage American witches in my mind.’
      • ‘I have no quarrels with the broad thrust of the ambitions laid out in the smart, successful Scotland strategy.’
      • ‘That war was not the quarrel of the indigenous people, yet we conscripted them to fight it.’
      • ‘One would have no quarrel in taking into account the factor of saving the prosecutrix the ordeal of giving evidence.’
      • ‘MacSwan's basic quarrel is with the widely discredited notion of semilingualism that, he argues, is perpetuated in Cummins' theories.’
      • ‘Most of this Indian section, which like the rest of the book rides on a great deal of research, is smoothly convincing; we sanction it without quarrel as the prelude to the real event, the shipwreck.’
      • ‘My second quarrel is with Prager's description of the Left as ‘easily offended’.’
      • ‘Consider this: the samples were tested at Metrowater's laboratory and there should thus be no quarrel about figures!’
      • ‘It is not the French people with whom I have any quarrel, but their corporate interpretation and abuse of EU rules does stick in the gullet.’
      • ‘She shares her own student quarrels with New Criticism, describes how she supplements her use of it with psychology and history, and laments its waning relevance.’
      • ‘I find the movie-person's view of the arts much more congenial, whatever quarrels I may have with it.’
      • ‘They will get no quarrel from me about the utterly tacky impropriety of these guys acting as the messengers for such a call.’
      • ‘That's one of my chief quarrels with that form of Christianity.’
      • ‘On the contrary, many people who have no quarrel with having liquor served with meals often treat the matter as a non-issue.’
      • ‘And I have absolutely no quarrel whatsoever with how well, Steve, you performed your duties.’
      • ‘My only real quarrel is with the chapter on ‘Neurodevelopment and Pharmacological Treatment’ by the aforementioned editors of Pathological Gambling.’
      • ‘If ‘just’ means ‘generating more revenues for government’, then no quarrel there.’
      • ‘As for D' Souza's defense of capitalism, he'll get no quarrel from me, although it's astonishing how little these arguments change over the years.’
      • ‘I have no quarrel was those who call themselves ‘Traditionalist’ Catholic per se.’
      • ‘Several, in fact, read my blog and with such people I have no quarrel and never have had one.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Have a heated argument or disagreement.

    ‘stop quarrelling with your sister’
    • ‘There was, consequently, little communication to be had between the two of us, but I learned my fair share of slang and swear words, and I also learned to quarrel in a foreign language.’
    • ‘Initially, the cultural differences between the two causes them to quarrel, but as they set farther into the desert, the film becomes one of mutual self-discovery.’
    • ‘We've got differences of opinions but we've never quarrelled.’
    • ‘It was Salih who had read Founding Brothers and who reminded the American journalist that even the Founding Fathers had quarreled among themselves, argued, and nurtured grudges.’
    • ‘She and Winston quarreled frequently about money during the lean years after Lord Randolph's death.’
    • ‘However, while the women bickered and quarreled, their herds escaped.’
    • ‘They accuse and defend, bicker and quarrel, and cannot seem to talk about their real feelings or listen to each other.’
    • ‘When her husband took drugs, he became a completely different person who would quarrel over trivia, and even simple things like not having orange juice in the refrigerator can lead to big fights.’
    • ‘They bicker and quarrel, yet clearly love each other.’
    • ‘On various occasions during the trip Tim and Chris quarrelled, but Tim assured Trevor in the long run it made their friendship stronger.’
    • ‘While neither side disputed the facts with respect to integration, they quarrelled over differing interpretations of the consequences.’
    • ‘After the enemies were vanquished, however, the victors quarreled and their fundamental disagreements emerged.’
    • ‘Police said the couple had quarrelled earlier in the evening.’
    • ‘At a Vanity Fair photo session, the rivalry between the women spilled into outright hostility when they quarrelled about who should stand where in a group shot.’
    • ‘He doubts the ship's capacity to reach Europe, quarrels with his captain and asks to be left on the next island where there is water.’
    • ‘Of course, lovers never had it easy: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet paid with their lives only because their families quarrelled.’
    • ‘Now, husband and wife are quarrelling about more mundane matters.’
    • ‘We should not quarrel over external differences.’
    • ‘Mr Babbage and Mr Clement had a big disagreement and quarrelled over money.’
    • ‘The two have quarreled through the media since then, each with differing opinions of the fight.’
    argue, have a fight, have a row, row, fight, disagree, fail to agree, differ, be at odds, have a misunderstanding, be at variance, fall out
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    1. 1.1quarrel with Take exception to or disagree with (something)
      ‘some people quarrel with this approach’
      • ‘That this concept is true is just so blazingly obvious that I can't imagine anybody quarrelling with it.’
      • ‘Muldoon's ambition was always palpable, but Johansson quarrels with the common view that he simply used power in the service of his own ambitions.’
      • ‘Till date, no one has quarrelled with the fee structure - not even the government.’
      • ‘He was an effective president anyway and I don't quarrel with his legacy.’
      • ‘‘I don't think it would be fair and honourable to start quarreling with the results,’ she said.’
      • ‘It's a word - I'm quarrelling not with you, obviously, I'm quarrelling with the culture, which is one of the things I like to do.’
      • ‘But rather than quarreling with what he says, I will present my own view and leave it to readers to decide whether the differences are subtle or substantial.’
      • ‘We believe in the system of justice, and I've been prosecutor for 37 years, and 37 years, I have never quarreled with a jury's verdict and I'm not going to start today.’
      • ‘Staff have suggested 17 different alternatives, on which the public will be asked to give opinions, providing no one quarrels with the magic number of four, which is what council has decided we will have.’
      • ‘But I am not quarreling with the fact that the reviewer doesn't like the book - he's perfectly free not to - or even with the idea that if there were some sort of objective, platonic ideal of a best books list, Tolkien would not be on it.’
      • ‘The Ciceronian Review also quarrels with the rotunda analogy, and asserts ‘the evidence suggests that the Democrats did not know the files were open.’’
      • ‘He may have been a tyrant but the world still quarrels with the manner and mode in which he was ousted from power by the powerful nations who on paper believe in democracy and the rule of law.’
      • ‘But at the same time, he quarrels with the logic that produced that strategy and puts a set of onerous conditions in the way of its execution.’
      • ‘I guess Taheri wouldn't quarrel with that, as far as it goes.’
      • ‘It's interesting to hear you say all of that, because no one quarrels with the fact that Bono does his homework and that his heart is in the right place.’
      find fault with, fault, criticize, argue against, argue with, object to, be hostile to, censure, condemn, be against, be anti, oppose, be in opposition to, take exception to, attack, take issue with, find lacking, pick holes in, impugn, contradict, dispute, rebut, complain about, cavil at, carp at
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    2. 1.2West Indian Complain or scold someone.
      ‘he will quarrel like hell if he see black pods on the trees’
      • ‘All truth be told, despite the fact that we may quarrel about the hardships about living here in Jamaica, I know that I could be far worse off.’
      • ‘There was a lot of complaining and some quarreling from all involved.’
      • ‘But the overwhelming impression, reinforced by the river's constant laughing and quarrelling beside you, is of nature's profusion, of its own abundance.’
      • ‘I'm sure everyone around me has heard me constantly quarrelling about wasting paper, about using the other side of paper of prints gone bad for scrap.’
      • ‘Now, men are always noted for quarrelling about not getting enough of the goodly stuff.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘reason for disagreement with a person’): from Old French querele, from Latin querel(l)a ‘complaint’, from queri ‘complain’.

Pronunciation

quarrel

/ˈkwɒr(ə)l/

Main definitions of quarrel in English

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quarrel2

noun

historical
  • A short, heavy square-headed arrow or bolt used in a crossbow or arbalest.

    • ‘A few Elven archers fell, pierced by the poisoned crossbow quarrels (arrows).’
    • ‘I ducked as a crossbow quarrel clattered against stone near my head.’
    • ‘A box of quarrels for the crossbow that hung from his saddle adorned his belt, and the usual broadsword rode in its scabbard on his left side.’
    • ‘Many simply fell over others who'd gone down in front of them, but at such short range a single quarrel could drive clean through two or even three men, and they wreaked terrible havoc.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, based on late Latin quadrus ‘square’. Compare with quarry.

Pronunciation

quarrel

/ˈkwɒr(ə)l/