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[awl-ter-key-shuh n] /ˌɔl tərˈkeɪ ʃən/
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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Examples from the web for altercations
  • 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.
  • Here are two other compelling altercations that may sate your celebrity-faction fix.
  • They laughed off their previous altercations and indiscretions.
  • There were certainly altercations between the police and small groups of protesters but on the whole, it was fairly peaceful.
  • In times past, such altercations might have had deadly consequences.
  • The supervisor then met with the abusive coworker who blamed the altercations on the others in the office.
  • From diffusing domestic altercations to disaster response, these deputies are prepared for any situation that may arise.
  • Inadequate supervision to prevent physical altercations.
British Dictionary definitions for altercations


an angry or heated discussion or quarrel; argument
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Word Origin and History for altercations



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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