A noisy argument or disagreement, especially in public: I had an altercation with the conductor
More example sentences
- 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).