Definition of altercate in English:


Line breaks: al¦ter|cate
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːltəkeɪt
, ˈɒl-/


[no object] archaic
  • Dispute or argue noisily and publicly.
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    • Not satisfied with the elected councilors squabbling among themselves they altercate like belligerent magpies over over who gets to peck the bottletop, and lick the cream of the milk.
    • First Sohail played a reckless stroke against Venkatesh Prasad - perhaps due to a rush of blood after altercating with him.
    • The lace barely covers her upper leg as the female mages continue to altercate with her that it must be shorter.


mid 16th century: from Latin altercat- 'wrangled', from altercari.

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