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1. A failure or refusal to agree.
2. A disparity; an inconsistency.
a. A conflict or difference of opinion.
b. A quarrel.


1. refusal or failure to agree
2. a failure to correspond
3. an argument or dispute


(ˌdɪs əˈgri mənt)
1. the act or fact of disagreeing.
2. lack of agreement; diversity; unlikeness.
3. difference of opinion; dissent.
4. a quarrel; argument.
[1485–95; < Anglo-French, Middle French]


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  1. About as far apart as an atheist and a born-again Christian —Anon
  2. Acquiesced like an old man acquiescing in death —Wilfrid Sheed
  3. (Nobody can be as) agreeable as an uninvited guest —Frank McKinney

    Humorists like McKinney are notable phrase converters. This simile may be a case in point, evolving from William Wordsworth’s sonnet To a Snowdrop which describes a flower bending its forehead “As if fearful to offend, like an unbidden guest.”

    See Also: BEHAVIOR

  4. Agree like a finger and a thumb —Anon
  5. Agree like two cats in a gutter —John Heywood’s Proverbs
  6. Agree like cats and dogs —John Ray’s Proverbs

    This sarcastic twist to the more commonly used “Fight like cats and dogs” dates back to the nineteenth century.

  7. Agree like pickpockets in a fair —John Ray’s Proverbs
  8. Agree like the clocks of London —Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  9. As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife —The Holy Bible/Proverbs
  10. As far apart as the atheists who claim there is no soul, and the Christian Scientists who declare there is no body —Anon
  11. Co-operate about as much as two tomcats on a fence —Raymond Chandler
  12. Far apart as the poles —Anon
  13. Flock together in consent, like so many wild geese —William Shakespeare
  14. Like the course of the heavenly bodies, harmony in national life is a resultant of the struggle between contending forces —Judge Louis D. Brandeis
  15. Sentiments as equal as if weighed on a golden scale —Janet Flanner
  16. We are made for cooperation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the row of the upper and lower teeth. To act against one another is contrary to nature —Marcus Aurelius
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.disagreement - a conflict of people's opinions or actions or charactersdisagreement - a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters
conflict - a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests; "his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post"; "a conflict of loyalties"
disunity - lack of unity (usually resulting from dissension)
divide - a serious disagreement between two groups of people (typically producing tension or hostility)
accord, agreement - harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters; "the two parties were in agreement"
2.disagreement - a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinionsdisagreement - a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions; "a growing divergence of opinion"
difference - the quality of being unlike or dissimilar; "there are many differences between jazz and rock"
leeway, allowance, tolerance, margin - a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
3.disagreement - the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
face-off, showdown, confrontation, encounter - a hostile disagreement face-to-face
dissidence - disagreement; especially disagreement with the government
dissent - a difference of opinion
nonconformity - lack of harmony or correspondence
dissension, discord - disagreement among those expected to cooperate
difference of opinion, dispute, difference, conflict - a disagreement or argument about something important; "he had a dispute with his wife"; "there were irreconcilable differences"; "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"
agreement - the verbal act of agreeing


1. objection, opposition, doubt, niggle (informal), demur, counter-argument, remonstrance They have expressed some disagreement with the proposal.
2. argument, row, difference, division, debate, conflict, clash, dispute, falling out, misunderstanding, dissent, quarrel, squabble, strife, wrangle, discord, tiff, altercation, turf war (informal) My instructor and I had a brief disagreement.
argument accord, agreement, unity, consensus, unison, assent
in disagreement at odds, in conflict, at loggerheads, at variance, disunited, at daggers drawn, in disharmony The two sides were locked in disagreement.
"The only sin which we never forgive in each other is difference of opinion" [Ralph Waldo Emerson Clubs]


1. A marked lack of correspondence or agreement:
2. A discussion, often heated, in which a difference of opinion is expressed:
Informal: hassle, rhubarb, tangle.
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[ˌdɪsəˈgriːmənt] N
1. (with opinion) → desacuerdo m, disconformidad f
the talks ended in disagreementno se alcanzó un acuerdo or no hubo acuerdo en las conversaciones
2. (= quarrel) → riña f, discusión f
3. (between accounts, versions) → discrepancia f (with con)


[ˌdɪsəˈgriːmənt] n
(= lack of agreement) → désaccord m, différend m
disagreement with sth → désaccord avec qch
disagreement over sth → désaccord quant à qch
to be in disagreement → être en désaccord
to be in disagreement with sb → être en désaccord avec qn
to be in disagreement over sth → être en désaccord quant à qch
(= argument) → différend m
to have a disagreement with sb → avoir un différend avec qn


(with opinion, between opinions) → Uneinigkeit f; to be in disagreement with somebodymit jdm nicht einer Meinung sein; we are in disagreementwir sind verschiedener Meinung; there is still disagreementes herrscht noch Uneinigkeit
(= quarrel)Meinungsverschiedenheit f
(between figures, reports) → Diskrepanz f


[ˌdɪsəˈgriːmənt] n (with opinion) → disaccordo; (quarrel) → dissapore m, litigio; (between stories, accounts, figures) → discrepanza, discordanza
to have a disagreement with sb → litigare con qn


(disəˈgriː) verb
1. (sometimes with with) to hold different opinions etc (from someone else). We disagree about everything; I disagree with you on that point.
2. to quarrel. We never meet without disagreeing.
3. (with with) (of food) to be unsuitable (to someone) and cause pain. Onions disagree with me.
ˌdisaˈgreeable adjective
unpleasant. a disagreeable task; a most disagreeable person.
ˌdisaˈgreeably adverb
ˌdisaˈgreement noun
1. disagreeing. disagreement between the two witnesses to the accident.
2. a quarrel. a violent disagreement.


مُخَالَفَة nesouhlas uenighed Unstimmigkeit διαφωνία desacuerdo erimielisyys différend neslaganje disaccordo 意見の相違 불일치 onenigheid uenighet niezgodność desacordo несогласие oenighet ความขัดแย้งกัน anlaşmazlık sự bất đồng 意见不一
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