Quarrel

Definition of Quarrel

Quar´rel
n.1.An arrow for a crossbow; - so named because it commonly had a square head.
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
3.A glazier's diamond.
4.A four-sided cutting tool or chisel having a diamond-shaped end.
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.
To pick a quarrel
See under Pick, v. t.
v. i.1.To violate concord or agreement; to have a difference; to fall out; to be or become antagonistic.
[imp. & p. p. Quarreled or Quarrelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Quarreling or Quarrelling.]
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.
v. t.1.To quarrel with.
2.To compel by a quarrel; as, to quarrel a man out of his estate or rights.
n.1.One who quarrels or wrangles; one who is quarrelsome.

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