Definition of altercation in English:


Syllabification: al·ter·ca·tion
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.


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

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