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quarrel1

[kwawr-uh l, kwor-] /ˈkwɔr əl, ˈkwɒr-/
noun
1.
an angry dispute or altercation; a disagreement marked by a temporary or permanent break in friendly relations.
2.
a cause of dispute, complaint, or hostile feeling:
She has no quarrel with her present salary.
verb (used without object), quarreled, quarreling or (especially British) quarrelled, quarrelling.
3.
to disagree angrily; squabble; wrangle.
4.
to end a friendship as a result of a disagreement.
5.
to make a complaint; find fault.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English querele < Old French < Latin querēla, querella a complaint, derivative of querī to complain
Related forms
quarreler, noun
quarrelingly, adverb
unquarreling, adjective
unquarrelling, adjective
Synonyms
1. argument, contention, controversy, difference, fight. Quarrel, dissension refer to disagreement and conflict. Quarrel applies chiefly to a verbal disagreement between individuals or groups and is used with reference to a large variety of situations, from a slight and petty difference of opinion to a violent altercation: It was little more than a domestic quarrel. Their quarrel led to the barroom brawl. Dissension usually implies a profound disagreement and bitter conflict. It also applies chiefly to conflict within a group or to members of the same group: dissension within the union; dissension among the Democrats. 3. bicker, argue, brawl, fight.

quarrel2

[kwawr-uh l, kwor-] /ˈkwɔr əl, ˈkwɒr-/
noun
1.
a square-headed bolt or arrow, formerly used with a crossbow.
2.
Also, quarry. a small, square or diamond-shaped pane of glass, as used in latticed windows.
3.
any of various tools with pyramidal heads.
Origin
1175-1225; Middle English quarel < Old French < Medieval Latin quadrellus, diminutive of Latin quadrus square
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Examples for quarrel
  • The quarrel was splendidly acrimonious.
  • His quarrel is not with culture, only with our uses of it.
  • I've no quarrel with whatever your policies are.
  • Playing in the snow, two bunnies quarrel and then learn to share.
  • The quarrel over the ads overshadowed the event.
  • Our quarrel happened six years ago.
  • My only quarrel with your piece would be with your assertion that we have to somehow entirely separate science and religion.
  • The surprise is that it has prompted an unusually public quarrel.
  • At its heart, the quarrel is economic.
  • He told me that in his courses, graduate students quarrel over who can sit nearest him.
British Dictionary definitions for quarrel

quarrel1

/ˈkwɒrəl/
noun
1.
an angry disagreement; argument
2.
a cause of disagreement or dispute; grievance
verb -rels, -relling, -relled (US) -rels, -reling, -reled (intransitive) often foll by with
3.
to engage in a disagreement or dispute; argue
4.
to find fault; complain
Derived Forms
quarreller, (US) quarreler, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French querele, from Latin querēlla complaint, from querī to complain

quarrel2

/ˈkwɒrəl/
noun
1.
an arrow having a four-edged head, fired from a crossbow
2.
a small square or diamond-shaped pane of glass, usually one of many in a fixed or casement window and framed with lead
Word Origin
C13: from Old French quarrel pane, from Medieval Latin quadrellus, diminutive of Latin quadrus square
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Word Origin and History for quarrel
quarrel
"angry dispute," mid-14c., "ground for complaint," from O.Fr. querele, from L. querella "complaint," from queri "to complain, lament." Replaced O.E. sacan. Sense of "contention between persons" is from 1570s. The verb is attested from late 14c. in the sense "to raise an objection;" 1520s with the meaning "to contend violently, to fall out."
quarrel
"square-headed bolt for a crossbow," early 13c., from O.Fr. quarel, from V.L. *quadrellus, dim. of L.L. quadrus (adj.) "square," related to quattuor "four" (see four). Archaic sense of "square or diamond-shaped plane of glass" first recorded mid-15c.
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