Definitions for: Altercation

[n] noisy quarrel

Webster (1913) Definition: Al`ter*ca"tion (?; 277), n. [F. altercation, fr.
L. altercatio.]
Warm contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or
anger; controversy; wrangle; wordy contest. ``Stormy
altercations.'' --Macaulay.

Syn: Altercation, Dispute, Wrangle.

Usage: 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.

Their whole life was little else than a
perpetual wrangling and altercation. --Hakewill.

Synonyms: affray, fracas

See Also: batrachomyomachia, dustup, quarrel, row, run-in, words, wrangle

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