Dif·fer v. i. [imp. & p. p. Differed p. pr. & vb. n. Differing.]
1. To be or stand apart; to disagree; to be unlike; to be distinguished; -- with from.
One star differeth from another star in glory. --1 Cor. xv. 41.
Minds differ, as rivers differ. --Macaulay.
2. To be of unlike or opposite opinion; to disagree in sentiment; -- often with from or with.
3. To have a difference, cause of variance, or quarrel; to dispute; to contend.
We 'll never differ with a crowded pit. --Rowe.
Syn: -- To vary; disagree; dissent; dispute; contend; oppose; wrangle.
Usage: -- To Differ with, Differ from. Both differ from and aiffer with are used in reference to opinions; as, “I differ from you or with you in that opinion.”” In all other cases, expressing simple unlikeness, differ from is used; as, these two persons or things differ entirely from each other.
Severely punished, not for differing from us in opinion, but for committing a nuisance. --Macaulay.
Davidson, whom on a former occasion we quoted, to differ from him. --M. Arnold.
Much as I differ from him concerning an essential part of the historic basis of religion. --Gladstone.
I differ with the honorable gentleman on that point. --Brougham.
If the honorable gentleman differs with me on that subject, I differ as heartily with him, and shall always rejoice to differ. --Canning.