alter-cation

altercation

[awl-ter-key-shuhn]
noun
a heated or angry dispute; noisy argument or controversy.

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


quarrel, disagreement, clash; squabble, tiff.
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altercation (ˌɔːltəˈkeɪʃən)
 
n
an angry or heated discussion or quarrel; argument

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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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