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altercation

[awl-ter-key-shuh n] /ˌɔl tərˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a heated or angry dispute; noisy argument or controversy.
Origin of altercation
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English altercacioun < Latin altercātiōn- (stem of altercātiō). See altercate, -ion
Synonyms
quarrel, disagreement, clash; squabble, tiff.
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  • He resolved to be as prudent as possible, and avoid, as far as he could, any altercation with Haley.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Heyward saw, by the manner of the scout, that altercation would be useless.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • It was not an altercation; there was evidently nothing the least exciting in the colloquy.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • Then the sound of the altercation overhead smote him too with alarm.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The waiter with whom I had seen Herbert Bayliss in altercation was hurrying by me.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for altercation

altercation

/ˌɔːltəˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
an angry or heated discussion or quarrel; argument
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Word Origin and History for altercation
n.

late 14c., from Old French altercacion (12c.) and directly from Latin altercationem (nominative altercatio) "a dispute, debate, discussion," noun of action from past participle stem of altercari "to dispute (with another)," from alter "other" (see alter).

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