Definitions for: Quarrel


[n] an arrow that is shot from a crossbow; has a head with four edges
[n] an angry dispute; "they had a quarrel"; "they had words"
[v] have a disagreement over something; "We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America"; "These tewo fellows are always scrapping over something"



Webster (1913) Definition: Quar"rel, n. [OE. quarel, OF. quarrel, F. carreau, LL.
quadrellus, from L. quadrus square. See Quadrate, and cf.
Quadrel, Quarry an arrow, Carrel.]
1. An arrow for a crossbow; -- so named because it commonly
had a square head. [Obs.]

To shoot with arrows and quarrel. --Sir J.
Mandeville.

Two arblasts, . . . with windlaces and quarrels.
--Sir W.
Scott.

2. (Arch.) Any small square or quadrangular member; as:
(a) A square of glass, esp. when set diagonally.
(b) A small opening in window tracery, of which the cusps,
etc., make the form nearly square.
(c) A square or lozenge-shaped paving tile.

3. A glazier's diamond. --Simmonds.

4. A four-sided cutting tool or chisel having a
diamond-shaped end.


Quar"rel, n. [OE. querele, OF. querele, F. querelle,
fr. L. querela, querella, a complaint, fr. queri to complain.
See Querulous.]
1. A breach of concord, amity, or obligation; a falling out;
a difference; a disagreement; an antagonism in opinion,
feeling, or conduct; esp., an angry dispute, contest, or
strife; a brawl; an altercation; as, he had a quarrel with
his father about expenses.

I will bring a sword upon you that shall avenge the
quarrel of my covenant. --Lev. xxvi.
25.

On open seas their quarrels they debate. --Dryden.

2. Ground of objection, dislike, difference, or hostility;
cause of dispute or contest; occasion of altercation.

Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have
killed him. --Mark vi. 19.

No man hath any quarrel to me. --Shak.

He thought he had a good quarrel to attack him.
--Holinshed.

3. Earnest desire or longing. [Obs.] --Holland.

To pick a quarrel. See under Pick, v. t.

Syn: Brawl; broil; squabble; affray; feud; tumult; contest;
dispute; altercation; contention; wrangle.


Quar"rel, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quarreledor
Quarrelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Quarreling or Quarrelling.]
1. To violate concord or agreement; to have a difference; to
fall out; to be or become antagonistic.

Our people quarrel with obedience. --Shak.

But some defect in her Did quarrel with the noblest
grace she owed. --Shak.

2. To dispute angrily, or violently; to wrangle; to scold; to
altercate; to contend; to fight.

Beasts called sociable quarrel in hunger and lust.
--Sir W.
Temple.

3. To find fault; to cavil; as, to quarrel with one's lot.

I will not quarrel with a slight mistake.
--Roscommon.


Quar"rel, v. t.
1. To quarrel with. [R.] ``I had quarelled my brother
purposely.'' --B. Jonson.

2. To compel by a quarrel; as, to quarrel a man out of his
estate or rights.


Quar"rel, n. [Written also quarreller.]
One who quarrels or wrangles; one who is quarrelsome. --Shak.

Synonyms: altercate, argufy, dispute, dustup, row, run-in, scrap, words, wrangle

See Also: affray, altercation, argue, arrow, bicker, bickering, brawl, bust-up, conflict, contend, debate, difference, difference of opinion, dispute, fall out, fence, fracas, fuss, polemicise, polemicize, polemise, polemize, spat, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangle

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Famous Quotes Containing Quarrel:


I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover's quarrel with the world.

-- Robert Frost (American Poet)

The function of literature, through all its mutations, has been to make us aware of the particularity of selves, and the high authority of the self in its quarrel with its society and its culture. Literature is in that sense subversive.

-- Lionel Trilling (American Critic)

Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.

-- Cyril Connolly (English Journalist)

Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from falling hands we throw.

-- John McCrae (Canadian Poet)

War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.

-- Thomas Carlyle (Scottish Philosopher)

I don't like yelling and fighting, and I can't quarrel.

-- Grace Kelly (American Actress)

How horrible, fantastic, incredible, it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing.

-- Neville Chamberlain (British Politician)

Those who speak of our culture as dead or dying have a quarrel with life, and I think they cannot understand its terms, but must endlessly repeat the projection of their own desires.

-- Muriel Rukeyser (American Poet)

Most men's anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady they neither of them care for.

-- Edward F. Halifax (British Statesman)

We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.

-- William Butler Yeats (Irish Poet)

Once blood is shed in a national quarrel reason and right are swept aside by the rage of angry men.

-- David Lloyd George (English Statesman)

I had a lovers quarrel with the world.

-- Robert Frost (American Poet)

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.

-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Roman Statesman)

Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?

-- Blaise Pascal (French Philosopher)

If you dispute with me you will only quarrel with your bread and butter.

-- Francis Bond Head (Canadian Statesman)

It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world, whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always, she had to admit, interesting.

-- Soren Kierkegaard (Danish Philosopher)

We will separate, but we will not quarrel.

-- Amos A. Lawrence ( -)

We don't think that we are in a quarrel with anybody. We may have a difference of opinion, but we'll not allow such differences of opinion to grow into a problem that stands in the way of reconstructing the country and regaining the democratic path.

-- Rafik Hariri (Lebanese Statesman)

Next to coming to a good understanding with a new mistress, I love a quarrel with an old one.

-- George Etherege (English Dramatist)

First of all, I only get 50 percent of it, because, I mean, the galleries get 50 and 60 percent. I mean, that's normal. I understand that. I don't quarrel with that.

-- Anthony Quinn (Mexican Actor)

It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

-- Dean Inge (English Author)

It takes two to quarrel, but only one to end it.

-- Matthew Prior (English Poet)

A married couple are well suited when both partners usually feel the need for a quarrel at the same time.

-- Jean Rostand (French Scientist)

Though a quarrel in the streets is a thing to be hated, the energies displayed in it are fine; the commonest man shows a grace in his quarrel.

-- John Keats (English Poet)

I'm armed with more than complete steel, - The justice of my quarrel.

-- Christopher Marlowe (English Dramatist)

For every quarrel a man and wife have before others, they have a hundred when alone.

-- Edgar Watson Howe (American Editor)

A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship.

-- Saint Francis de Sales (Swiss Clergyman)

If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.

-- Winston Churchill (English Statesman)

Much that we call evil is really good in disguises; and we should not quarrel rashly with adversities not yet understood, nor overlook the mercies often bound up in them.

-- Horace Mann (American Educator)

I would no more quarrel with a man because of his religion than I would because of his art.

-- Mary Baker Eddy (American Theologian)

A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.

-- Robert Frost (American Poet)

People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.

-- Gilbert K. Chesterton (English Writer)

You should not quarrel with your neighbour, for he will remain where he is, but your high handedness will become the talk of the people.

-- Abu Bakr (Saudi Arabian Statesman)

We have no quarrel with America. We all know NATO is the strongest military machine in the world. We simply want them to stop being so busy with our country and worry about their own problems.

-- Slobodan Milosevic (Yugoslavian Criminal)

Human life is held in much higher esteem, and the taking of it, whether in private quarrel or by judicial procedure, is looked upon much more seriously than it was formerly.

-- Elihu Root (American Lawyer)


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