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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
late 14c., from L. altercationem (nom. altercatio) "a dispute, wrangling," noun of action from altercatus, pp. of altercari "to dispute (with another)," from alter "other" (see alter).
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