a heated or angry dispute; noisy argument or controversy.
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How to use altercation in a sentence
We knew we would have large crowds, the potential for some violent altercations.Outgoing Capitol Police chief: House, Senate security officials hamstrung efforts to call in National Guard | Carol D. Leonnig, Aaron Davis, Peter Hermann, Karoun Demirjian | January 11, 2021 | Washington Post
The switch-up came in the wake of Federline filing a police report over an alleged physical altercation between Jamie and Britney’s then-13-year-old son Sean Preston Federline.What to Know About Britney Spears, Her Conservatorship and the #FreeBritney Movement | Megan McCluskey | January 8, 2021 | Time
Written, coproduced, directed by, and starring Jon Favreau, Chef follows a head chef in Los Angeles who up and quits his job amid frustration with a domineering restaurateur and after an altercation with a food critic.The best business documentaries, movies, and TV shows to stream during your time off | Rachel King | December 24, 2020 | Fortune
As I remember, Gerace had suffered some altercation with the senior members of the department.Five Scientists on the Heroes Who Changed Their Lives - Issue 93: Forerunners | Alan Lightman, Hope Jahren, Robert Sapolsky, | December 2, 2020 | Nautilus
Investigators said the pair had an earlier altercation and Guzman returned to the station with a handgun.Arrest made in fatal shooting at New Carrollton Metro station | Clarence Williams | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
Then, just last week, Ohio police accused a former SEAL of lying about being shot by three black men after a verbal altercation.
The only thing that both sides agree on is that an altercation ensued, and Brown was shot multiple times.Uneasy Peace in Ferguson in Danger After Slain Brown Named as Suspect in Robbery | Justin Glawe | August 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Paris Hilton peace settlement circles us back to the Cipriani Ibiza altercation.The Tiny Prince of Ibiza Parties On, While Kim and Paris Make Peace | Amy Zimmerman | August 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His lawyer would later blame "very minor physical altercation."
Her part in the altercation is riveting: at one point, she delicately moves her dress train out of the way.The Video of Solange Attacking Jay Z Is Deeply Upsetting and Also Fantastic | Kevin Fallon | May 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She received her guest's protest with the utmost hauteur, and when we left the altercation was still in progress.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
I will have no altercation; I must go back to Margaret, since no one else has the slightest consideration for her.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
"That is false," cried Brydges; and a stormy altercation followed.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
Mrs. Martha Trapbois had dwelt too long in Alsatia, to be either surprised or terrified at the altercation she had witnessed.The Fortunes of Nigel | Sir Walter Scott
He saw them and engaged in altercation with them, which gave me the opening I sought.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit | Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for altercation
an angry or heated discussion or quarrel; argument
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