Complete Definition of "altercation"

English

Etymology
French altercation, from Latin altercatio.

Pronunciation
IPA: WEAE /ɔl.tɚˈke.ʃən/
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-eɪʃǝn|-eɪʃǝn

Noun
en-noun

  1. Warm contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy; wrangle; wordy contest.

Usage notes
The term dispute is in most cases, but not necessarily, applied to a verbal contest; as, a dispute on the lawfulness of war. An altercation is an angry dispute between two parties, involving an interchange of severe language. A wrangle is a confused and noisy altercation.

Translations

Finnish: riita, kiista, sanasota, tappelu

Quotations
<blockquote>
&ldquo;What the hell is it to you who are my friends?&rdquo; roared McMurdo?
in a voice which brought every head in the carriage round to
witness the altercation. &ldquo;Did I ask you for your advice, or did
you think me such a sucker that I couldn't move without it? You
speak when you are spoken to, and by the Lord you'd have to wait
a long time if it was me!&rdquo; He thrust out his face and grinned at
the patrolmen like a snarling dog.
<BR>&mdash;Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Valley of Fear
</blockquote>

Synonyms
rfc-level|Synonyms at L4+ not in L3 POS section
Dispute, Wrangle.

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