[ awl-ter-keyt ]
/ ˈɔl tərˌkeɪt /
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verb (used without object), al·ter·cat·ed, al·ter·cat·ing.
to argue or quarrel with zeal, heat, or anger; wrangle.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of altercate
1530–40; <Latin altercātus (past participle of altercārī to quarrel), equivalent to *alterc(us) a disputing (alter other + -cus formative suffix) + -ātus-ate1
Words nearby altercate
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Example sentences from the Web for altercate
As far as I can make out that means me and the rest of the battery altercate every other night."That's me all over, Mable"|Edward Streeter
British Dictionary definitions for altercate
/ (ˈɔːltəˌkeɪt) /
(intr) to argue, esp heatedly; dispute
Word Origin for altercate
C16: from Latin altercārī to quarrel with another, from alter other
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