Definition of altercate in English:

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altercate

Pronunciation: /ˈɔːltəkeɪt/
/ˈɒltəkeɪt/

verb

[no object] archaic
Dispute or argue noisily and publicly.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: al¦ter|cate

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