What is the difference between argue and quarrel?

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In obsolete terms the difference between argue and quarrel

is that argue is to prove while quarrel is earnest desire or longing.

In intransitive terms the difference between argue and quarrel

is that argue is to have an argument, a quarrel while quarrel is to find fault; to cavil.

As a noun quarrel is

a verbal dispute or heated argument.

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  • (obsolete) To prove.
  • To shows grounds for concluding ((that)); to indicate, imply.
  • * 1910 , , "The Soul of Laploshka", Reginald in Russia :
  • To have killed Laploshka was one thing; to have kept his beloved money would have argued a callousness of feeling of which I was not capable.
  • To debate, disagree or discuss opposing or differing viewpoints.
  • He also argued for stronger methods to be used against China.
    He argued as follows: America should stop Lend-Lease convoying, because it needs to fortify its own Army with the supplies.
    The two boys argued because of disagreement about the science project.
  • To have an argument, a quarrel.
  • To present (a viewpoint or an argument therefor).
  • He argued his point.
    He argued that America should stop Lend-Lease convoying because it needed to fortify its own Army with the supplies.

    Derived terms

    * argie-bargie * argle-bargle * arguable * argue the toss * arguer * argy-bargy


    * English reporting verbs ----



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) querele (modern French querelle), itself from (etyl) . Replaced (etyl) sacan by 1340 as “ground for complaint”.


    (en noun)
  • A verbal dispute or heated argument.
  • We got into a silly quarrel about what food to order.
  • * Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.
  • A ground of dispute or objection; a complaint.
  • A few customers in the shop had some quarrel s with us, so we called for the manager.
  • * Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him. - Bible, Mark vi. 19
  • * You mistake, sir. I am sure no man hath any quarrel to me.'' - Shakespeare, ''Twelfth Night , Act 3, scene 4
  • (obsolete) earnest desire or longing.
  • (Holland)
    * See also


  • To disagree.
  • To contend, argue strongly, squabble.
  • * Sir W. Temple
  • Beasts called sociable quarrel in hunger and lust.
  • To find fault; to cavil.
  • to quarrel with one's lot
  • * Roscommon
  • I will not quarrel with a slight mistake.
  • (obsolete) To argue or squabble with.
  • * Ben Jonson
  • I had quarrelled my brother purposely.

    Derived terms

    * quarreler, quarreller * quarrelsome

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) as "square-headed bolt for a crossbow" c.1225, from (etyl) quarel (modern French carreau), from , related to quattuor "four".


    (en noun)
  • A diamond-shaped piece of coloured glass forming part of a stained glass window.
  • A square tile; quarry tile.
  • A square-headed arrow for a crossbow.
  • *1600 , (Edward Fairfax), The (Jerusalem Delivered) of (w), Book VII, ciii:
  • *:Twanged the string, out flew the quarrel long, / And through the subtle air did singing pass.
  • *Sir (John Mandeville) (c.1350)
  • *:to shoot with arrows and quarrel
  • *Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • *:two arblasts,with windlaces and quarrels
  • *1829 , (Edward Augustus Kendall), The Olio or Museum of Entertainment , Vol.III, p.174
  • *:The small cross-bow, called the arbalet or arbalest, is said to have been invented by the Sicilians. It was carried by the foot-soldiers, and when used was charged with a quarrel or bar-bolt, that is, a small arrow with a flat head, one of which occasioned the death of Harold at the battle of Hastings,.
  • *2000 . , p.379
  • *:Satin scooped up his crossbow and sent a few quarrel s after them as they ran, to see them off the faster.
  • A small opening in window tracery, of which the cusps etc. make the form nearly square.
  • A four-sided cutting tool or chisel with a diamond-shaped end.
  • See also

    * (wikipedia) * quarl