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Synonyms

argument

noun

an angry disagreement between people

disagreement

noun

a situation involving a lot of disagreements

conflict

noun

angry disagreement between people or groups

dispute

noun

a serious disagreement, especially one between groups of people that lasts for a long time

controversy

noun

a disagreement, especially about a public policy or a moral issue that a lot of people have strong feelings about

quarrel

noun

an argument, especially one about something unimportant between people who know each other well

row

noun

a noisy argument

misunderstanding

noun

an argument that is not very serious

fight

noun

a situation in which people disagree or argue with each other

a war of words

a situation in which two people or groups continuously criticize each other in public because they disagree seriously about something

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a battle of wills

a situation in which two people disagree, and each refuses to change their ideas or what they want

a blazing row

a very angry argument

a clash of personalities/a personality clash

a situation in which two people disagree because they have very different personalities

affray

noun

a noisy argument or fight in a public place

a fight to the death

a fight or disagreement that ends when someone is killed or something is destroyed

all hell breaks loose

used for saying that something happens that makes people angry or upset, and they start fighting or arguing

altercation

noun

formal a noisy argument

a matter for/of debate

something that people have different opinions about and argue about

argy-bargy

noun

Britishinformal noisy arguments

ballyhoo

noun

informal a lot of excitement or arguing about something, especially something that does not deserve the attention it is getting

barney

noun

Britishspoken a loud argument

battlefield

noun

a situation in which people disagree and cause problems for each other

blow-up

noun

informal a sudden angry argument

blue

noun

Australian an argument

breach

noun

formal a serious disagreement

brush

noun

a short argument or minor disagreement with someone

bust-up

noun

Britishinformal a serious argument or fight

circularity

noun

a situation in which a series of causes and effects leads you back to the original cause, producing an argument that does not mean anything

clash

noun

mainly journalism a very angry argument between two people or groups

collision

noun

a very serious argument

conflict

noun

a situation in which it is difficult for two things to exist together or be true at the same time

confrontation

noun

a situation in which people or groups are arguing angrily or are fighting

contention

noun

formal disagreement between people or groups

contretemps

noun

often humorous an argument that is not very serious

crossfire

noun

angry words or actions between two people that may accidentally affect other people who are not directly involved

differences

noun

disagreements about something

ding-dong

noun

Britishvery informal a loud argument, accident, or fight

discord

noun

formal disagreement between people

disharmony

noun

formal a situation in which people are angry and arguing with each other

disputation

noun

very formal a discussion in which people disagree strongly

disunity

noun

a situation in which people are not in agreement or are not working together to achieve an aim

division

noun

a disagreement between people, especially between people who belong to the same group

dogfight

noun

a situation in which people argue or compete, especially in an unpleasant way

domestic

noun

Britishinformal an argument or violence between people who live together. This word is used especially by the police as an informal word for domestic violence.

duel

noun

an argument between two people

encounter

noun

an occasion when people meet and fight or argue

exchange

noun

formal an angry conversation

face-off

noun

informal a disagreement or fight between two people or groups

faction

noun

formal disagreement or fighting between small groups within a larger group

falling-out

noun

informal an occasion when you have a disagreement with someone

feud

noun

an angry disagreement between two people or groups that continues for a long time

flack

another spelling of flak

flak

noun

informal criticism and argument

flare-up

noun

an occasion when people suddenly start behaving in an angry or violent way

fracas

noun

a noisy fight or argument

the fray

noun

a fight or argument

free-for-all

noun

informal a noisy fight or argument involving a lot of people

friction

noun

disagreement

the fur starts to fly

used for saying that people are very angry and arguing with each other

hair-splitting

noun

the activity of arguing about unimportant details or differences

hoo-ha

noun

informal noisy excitement, arguments, or complaints

ifs and buts

attempts to argue against doing something or to suggest difficulties

infighting

noun

disagreements over who has power or control among the members of a group or organization

knockabout

noun

a very lively argument, for example between politicians

pitched battle

noun

an angry argument or fight, especially one that continues for a long time

quarrel

noun

a reason for not being friendly or for not agreeing with someone

rift

noun

a disagreement between two people or groups

row

noun

a serious disagreement about an issue between people, organizations, or countries

ruckus

noun

mainly Americaninformal a fight, or a noisy argument

ructions

noun

informal noisy protests, or a noisy argument

rumpus

noun

informal a noisy argument or protest

run-in

noun

informal an argument

running battle

noun

an argument that continues over a long period of time

scene

noun

a noisy argument or a strong show of feelings in a public place

schism

noun

formal an occasion when one group divides into two groups because of a disagreement

scrap

noun

informal a small fight or argument

set-to

noun

informal a quick argument or fight

shouting match

noun

a noisy argument

showdown

noun

a big meeting, argument, or fight that finally settles a disagreement between people or proves who is the best

skirmish

noun

an argument or a disagreement, especially a political one

skirmishing

noun

arguments, especially political or legal ones

slanging match

noun

British an argument in which people insult each other

smackdown

noun

an angry disagreement or fight

spat

noun

a short argument

split

noun

a division of a large group into smaller groups because of a disagreement

split

noun

a disagreement that causes a group to divide into smaller groups

stand-off

noun

a disagreement or fight in which neither opponent can do anything to win or achieve their aim

strife

noun

formal fighting or disagreement between people or groups

tangle

noun

informal a fight, or an argument

tension

noun

the feeling caused by a lack of trust between people, groups, or countries who do not agree about something and may attack each other

tiff

noun

informal a minor argument, especially between people in a sexual or romantic relationship

toing and froing

noun

a lot of argument or discussion about a particular thing

turf war

noun

arguments between people or groups who each want to control a particular area

tussle

noun

mainly journalism a disagreement between two people who are both trying to get or to achieve something

unpleasantness

noun

a situation in which people get angry, violent, or upset

vendetta

noun

a situation in which someone has angry and negative feelings towards someone else and keeps trying to harm them or to cause problems for them

war

noun

often humorous a situation in which two people or groups of people fight, argue, or are extremely unpleasant to each other

warfare

noun

fighting or serious disagreement between groups

war of words

noun

an occasion when people or organizations criticize each other or argue in public

wrangle

noun

an argument that lasts for a long time, especially an angry and unpleasant one

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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