A husband and his wife may have a quarrel, which suggests a heated verbal argument, with hostility that may persist even after it is over (Ex.: it took them almost a week to patch up their quarrel).
Siblings tend to have squabbles, which are childlike disputes over trivial matters, although they are by no means confined to childhood (Ex.: frequent squabbles over who would pick up the check).
A spat is also a petty quarrel, but unlike squabble, it suggests an angry outburst followed by a quick ending without hard feelings (Ex.:another spat in an otherwise loving relationship).
A row is more serious, involving noisy quarreling and the potential for physical violence (Ex.: a row that woke the neighbors).
Neighbors are more likely to have an altercation, which is usually confined to verbal blows but may involve actual or threatened physical ones (: an altercation over the location of the fence).
A dispute is also a verbal argument, but one that is carried on over an extended period of time (Ex.: an ongoing dispute over who was responsible for taking out the garbage).
Two families who have been enemies for a long time are probably involved in a feud, which suggests a bitter quarrel that lasts for years or even generations (Ex.: the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys).
There is no dignity at all in being involved in a wrangle, which is an angry, noisy, and often futile dispute in which both parties are unwilling to listen to the other’s point of view.
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