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Friday, June 17, 2005

Definitions for altercation

  1. A heated, noisy, or angry dispute; noisy controversy or argument.

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Citations for altercation
Like Epaminondas, he fought continuously with his fellow generals and was nearly court-martialed for his altercations with his superiors -- like Epaminondas he was relieved of command after his greatest victories. Victor Davis Hanson, The Soul Of Battle
He indulged in a heated altercation with his fellow-townsmen over some land which they thought theirs, though it was certainly his. Carl Van Doren, The American Novel
Origin of altercation
1350-1400
Altercation comes from Latin altercatio, altercation-, from altercari, "to dispute (with another)," from alter, "other." The verb form is altercate.