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)
Origin: L. Differre; dif- = dis- + ferre to bear, carry: cf. F. Differer. See 1st Bear, and cf. Defer, Delay.
(01 Mar 1998)
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