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intr.v. al·ter·cat·ed, al·ter·cat·ing, al·ter·cates
To argue or dispute vehemently; wrangle.
(intr) to argue, esp heatedly; dispute
[C16: from Latin altercārī to quarrel with another, from alter other]
v.i. -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
to argue or quarrel with intensity; wrangle.
[1530–40; < Latin altercātus, past participle of altercārī to quarrel, v. derivative of *altercus dispute <alter other]
Past participle: altercated
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|Verb||1.||altercate - have a disagreement over something; "We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America"; "These two fellows are always scrapping over something"|
brawl, wrangle - to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively; "The bar keeper threw them out, but they continued to wrangle on down the street"
spat - engage in a brief and petty quarrel
polemicise, polemicize, polemise, polemize - engage in a controversy; "The two historians polemicized for years"
fall out - have a breach in relations; "We fell out over a trivial question"