Synonyms of quarrel

(Entry 1 of 2)

an often noisy or angry expression of differing opinions
  • a loud quarrel erupted at the next table over

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Synonyms & Antonyms of quarrel (Entry 2 of 2)

to express different opinions about something often angrily
  • the coach and the referee quarreled about whether the ball was in bounds

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How does the noun quarrel contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of quarrel are altercation, squabble, and wrangle. While all these words mean "a noisy dispute usually marked by anger," quarrel implies heated verbal contention, stressing strained or severed relations which may persist beyond the contention.

a quarrel nearly destroyed the relationship

When would altercation be a good substitute for quarrel?

The words altercation and quarrel can be used in similar contexts, but altercation implies fighting with words as the chief weapon, although it may also connote blows.

a loud public altercation

When can squabble be used instead of quarrel?

The synonyms squabble and quarrel are sometimes interchangeable, but squabble stresses childish and unseemly dispute over petty matters, but it need not imply bitterness or anger.

a brief squabble over what to do next

When is it sensible to use wrangle instead of quarrel?

While the synonyms wrangle and quarrel are close in meaning, wrangle suggests undignified and often futile disputation with a noisy insistence on differing opinions.

wrangle interminably about small issues

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The first known use of quarrel was in the 13th century

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“Quarrel.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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