a heated or angry dispute; noisy argument or controversy.

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

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

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
When we were little, my younger brother went to the emergency room because of
  an altercation with a coffee table.
And never be alone with this person because then any altercation becomes your
  word against his.
Given last year's violence, the altercation was not surprising.
Authorities did not release details on the altercation.
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