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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for alter cation

altercation

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

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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