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
In turn these elephants have been subject to snares, bullets, arrows and other
  altercations with humans in the area.
This, too, has been increased by the altercations and heart-burnings which are
  continually taking place in his family.
It's been a good week for on-camera altercations in the world of politics.
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