altercation


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al·ter·ca·tion

 (ôl′tər-kā′shən)
n.
A heated, sometimes violent quarrel or conflict: "[An] altercation with one of Nekrasov's colleagues ... even led Tolstoy to challenge him to a duel" (Rosamund Bartlett).

altercation

(ˌɔːltəˈkeɪʃən)
n
an angry or heated discussion or quarrel; argument

al•ter•ca•tion

(ˌɔl tərˈkeɪ ʃən)

n.
a heated or angry dispute; noisy argument or controversy.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.altercation - noisy quarrelaltercation - noisy quarrel        
dustup, quarrel, run-in, wrangle, row, words - an angry dispute; "they had a quarrel"; "they had words"
batrachomyomachia - a silly altercation

altercation

noun argument, row, clash, disagreement, dispute, controversy, contention, quarrel, squabble, wrangle, bickering, discord, dissension I had an altercation with some people who objected to our filming.

altercation

noun
A discussion, often heated, in which a difference of opinion is expressed:
Informal: hassle, rhubarb, tangle.
Translations

altercation

[ˌɒltəˈkeɪʃən] Naltercado m

altercation

[ˌɔːltərˈkeɪʃən] naltercation f
a verbal altercation → une altercation verbale
a physical altercation → une altercation physique
an altercation with sb → une altercation avec qnalter ego [ˌæltərˈiːgəʊ] n
[one's personality] → autre soi m
the effects of my pessimistic alter ego → les effets de mon autre moi pessimiste
[actor] → double m
(= close friend) → alter ego m inv

altercation

altercation

[ˌɒltəˈkeɪʃn] n (frm) → alterco, litigio
References in classic literature ?
Before she saw them Edna could hear them in altercation, the woman--plainly an anomaly--claiming the right to be allowed to perform her duties, one of which was to answer the bell.
Heyward saw, by the manner of the scout, that altercation would be useless.
Having the advantage of her in altitude, the driver had stood his ground and even ventured to attempt to speak; and the result had been a furious altercation, which, continuing all the way down Ashland Avenue, had added a new swarm of urchins to the cortege at each side street for half a mile.
The morning had been a quiet morning enough--all except the brief scene with the lunatic: the transaction in the church had not been noisy; there was no explosion of passion, no loud altercation, no dispute, no defiance or challenge, no tears, no sobs: a few words had been spoken, a calmly pronounced objection to the marriage made; some stern, short questions put by Mr.
The altercation was conducted in a low tone of voice, and terminated in the honest tradesman's kicking off his clay-soiled boots, and lying down at his length on the floor.
There was a little altercation between her and Steerforth about a cast of the dice at back gammon - when I thought her, for one moment, in a storm of rage; and then I saw it start forth like the old writing on the wall.
Agatha, to escape the altercation, went to the library and wrote the letter.
Sancho retorted, and the goatherd rejoined, and the altercation ended in their seizing each other by the beard, and exchanging such fisticuffs that if Don Quixote had not made peace between them, they would have knocked one another to pieces.
Their refusal would be too plausible a pretext to the complaining States to withhold their contributions, not to be embraced with avidity; and the non-compliance of these States with their engagements would be a ground of bitter discussion and altercation.
The man's odd indifference was explained to me by a mild altercation which at once arose with the canon.
If Geeka contemplated a remonstrance it was cut short by sounds of altercation beyond the village gates.
We have met here, a company of friends, for a farewell dinner to a comrade and you carry on an altercation," said Trudolyubov, rudely addressing himself to me alone.