- A noisy argument or disagreement, especially in public: I had an altercation with the ticket collectorMore example sentences
argument, quarrel, squabble, fight, shouting match, contretemps, disagreement, difference of opinion, dissension, falling-out, dispute, disputation, contention, clash, acrimonious exchange, war of words, wrangle; Irish , North American , & Australian donnybrookBritish • informal , Sport aftersScottish • informal rammyNorth American • informal rhubarbScottish • archaic threap, collieshangie
- 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).