Definition of altercation in English:

altercation

Line breaks: al¦ter|ca¦tion
Pronunciation: /ɒltəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

A noisy argument or disagreement, especially in public: I had an altercation with the ticket collector
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.
Synonyms
Irish , North American , & Australian donnybrook
British informal row, barney, slanging match, ding-dong, bust-up, bit of argy-bargy, ruck
British informal , Sport afters
Scottish informal rammy
North American informal rhubarb
archaic broil, miff
Scottish archaic threap, collieshangie

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin altercatio(n-), from the verb altercari (see altercate).

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