French altercation, from Latin altercatio.
IPA: WEAE /Él.tÉËke.ÊÉn/
- Warm contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy; wrangle; wordy contest.
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.
Finnish: riita, kiista, sanasota, tappelu
“What the hell is it to you who are my friends?” roared McMurdo?
in a voice which brought every head in the carriage round to
witness the altercation. “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!” He thrust out his face and grinned at
the patrolmen like a snarling dog.
<BR>—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Valley of Fear
rfc-level|Synonyms at L4+ not in L3 POS section