Definition of altercation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌôltərˈkāSH(ə)n/


A noisy argument or disagreement, especially in public: I had an altercation with the conductor
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  • Despite the public altercations, there are many signs that East Asia's two great powers are edging closer together.
  • Pilgrims do not engage in any disagreements or altercations.
  • The students of this Christian high school are held to a higher code of conduct than might be expected in the public school environment and few fights or violent altercations occur between students.
argument, quarrel, squabble, fight, shouting match, disagreement, contretemps, difference of opinion, falling-out, dispute, disputation, clash, fracas, wrangle, blowup, skirmish, run-in, war of words, donnybrook
informal tiff, scrap, spat, row, rhubarb
vulgar slang shitstorm


Late Middle English: from Latin altercatio(n-), from the verb altercari (see altercate).

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Syllabification: al·ter·ca·tion

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