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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.
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1. refusal or failure to agree
2. a failure to correspond
3. an argument or dispute
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(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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 of statesmen: statesmen collectivleyLipton, 1970.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.




  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
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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
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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]
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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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إخْتِلاف، نِزاعتَضارُبمُخَالَفَة
ágreiningurrifrildi, deila
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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)
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[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
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(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
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[ˌdɪsəˈgriːmənt] n (with opinion) → disaccordo; (quarrel) → dissapore m, litigio; (between stories, accounts, figures) → discrepanza, discordanza
to have a disagreement with sb → litigare con qn
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(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.
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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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At Athens too the disposition of the citizens is not the same, for those who live in the Piraeus are more attached to a popular government than those who live in the city properly so called; for as the interposition of a rivulet, however small, will occasion the line of the phalanx to fluctuate, so any trifling disagreement will be the cause of seditions; but they will not so soon flow from anything else as from the disagreement between virtue and vice, and next to that between poverty and riches, and so on in order, one cause having more influence than another; one of which that I last mentioned.
"Yes, I think so, when you come to know them," she added, as if his disagreement had been spoken.
Pierre tried several times to speak, but, on one hand, Prince Vasili did not let him and, on the other, Pierre himself feared to begin to speak in the tone of decided refusal and disagreement in which he had firmly resolved to answer his father-in-law.
Between Barton and Delaford, there was that constant communication which strong family affection would naturally dictate;--and among the merits and the happiness of Elinor and Marianne, let it not be ranked as the least considerable, that though sisters, and living almost within sight of each other, they could live without disagreement between themselves, or producing coolness between their husbands.
I don't want to renew our old disagreement about your father's conduct to those two sisters, or to deny that his brother Andrew may have behaved badly to him; I am willing to admit that the high moral position he took in the matter is quite unassailable by such a miserable sinner as I am; and I will not dispute that my own spendthrift habits incapacitate me from offering any opinion on the conduct of other people's pecuniary affairs.
"Dear Sir,-- "The disagreement subsisting between yourself and my late honoured father always gave me much uneasiness, and since I have had the misfortune to lose him, I have frequently wished to heal the breach; but for some time I was kept back by my own doubts, fearing lest it might seem disrespectful to his memory for me to be on good terms with anyone with whom it had always pleased him to be at variance,-- There, Mrs.
You have no doubt of the mutual attachment of your brother and your friend; depend upon it, therefore, that real jealousy never can exist between them; depend upon it that no disagreement between them can be of any duration.
de Heuglin, owing to some disagreement, took a route different from the one assigned to his expedition, the command of the latter having been transferred to Mr.
Then the dead were counted, prisoners exchanged, the terms of the next disagreement agreed upon, and the day for the necessary battle appointed; after which the armies fell into line and marched away, and Tom turned homeward alone.
She then proceeded to say a good deal more than she felt, of the advantage of such an addition to their confined society in Surry; the pleasure of looking at somebody new; the galaday to Highbury entire, which the sight of him would have made; and ending with reflections on the Churchills again, found herself directly involved in a disagreement with Mr.
The provision is, that the parties at variance shall each choose four judges out of the neutral cantons, who, in case of disagreement, choose an umpire.
"But what," said I, "was your ladyship going to tell me about your disagreement with my brother?" "It originated in an action of my daughter's, which equally marks her want of judgment and the unfortunate dread of me I have been mentioning--she wrote to Mr.