There are 2 definitions of quarrel in English:

quarrel1

Syllabification: quar·rel
Pronunciation: /ˈkwôrəl, ˈkwä-
 
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noun

  • 1An angry argument or disagreement, typically between people who are usually on good terms: he made the mistake of picking a quarrel with John
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Tensions were also high between soldiers from Italian 1st Regiment and those from France, with arguments and quarrels among the soldiers leading to duels.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 [usually 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
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    • 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.
    • If ‘just’ means ‘generating more revenues for government’, then no quarrel there.
    • I have no quarrel was those who call themselves ‘Traditionalist’ Catholic per se.

verb (quarrels, quarreling, quarreled ; British quarrels, quarrelling, quarrelled)

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  • 1Have an angry argument or disagreement: stop quarreling with your sister
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    • Mr Babbage and Mr Clement had a big disagreement and quarrelled over money.
    • After the enemies were vanquished, however, the victors quarreled and their fundamental disagreements emerged.
    • She and Winston quarreled frequently about money during the lean years after Lord Randolph's death.
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  • 1.1 (quarrel with) Take exception to or disagree with (something): some people quarrel with this approach
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    • The Ciceronian Review also quarrels with the rotunda analogy, and asserts ‘the evidence suggests that the Democrats did not know the files were open.’
    • 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.
    • 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.
    Synonyms
    find fault with, fault, criticize, object to, oppose, take exception to; attack, take issue with, impugn, contradict, dispute, controvert
    informal knock
    formal gainsay

Derivatives

quarreler

noun
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  • But where Storm's failings and frustrations on the ice caused dressing room discontent when TC was in charge, Lipsey's crop of players are no quarrellers and now, five months into the season, that unity finally seems to be paying off.
  • The two quarrelers were given citations for disturbing the peace and fighting in public, according to Officer Maculae.
  • As the quarrelers began to settle, that lone voice began to break through.

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'.

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There are 2 definitions of quarrel in English:

quarrel2

Syllabification: quar·rel
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈkwôrəl/

noun

  • 1 historical A short, heavy, square-headed arrow or bolt used in a crossbow or arbalest.
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    • A few Elven archers fell, pierced by the poisoned crossbow quarrels (arrows).
    • 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.
    • I ducked as a crossbow quarrel clattered against stone near my head.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, based on late Latin quadrus 'square'. Compare with quarry3.

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