verb[no object] archaic
Dispute or argue noisily and publicly.
- 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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