altercation

[ awl-ter-key-shuhn ]
/ ˌɔl tərˈkeɪ ʃən /

noun

a heated or angry dispute; noisy argument or controversy.

Origin of altercation

1350–1400; Middle English altercacioun < Latin altercātiōn- (stem of altercātiō). See altercate, -ion
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altercation

/ (ˌɔːltəˈkeɪʃən) /

noun

an angry or heated discussion or quarrel; argument
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Word Origin and History for altercation

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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