- to argue or quarrel with zeal, heat, or anger; wrangle.
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
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Related Words for altercatecontend, squabble, disagree, quibble, dispute, quarrel, differ, bicker, tangle, carp, wrangle, feud, spar, argue, complain, waffle, scuffle, tussle, defend, compete
- (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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1520s, "to contend with words," from Latin altercatus, past participle of altercari (see altercation).
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