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 ?
"MY dear sir," said the editor to the man, who had called to see about his poem, "I regret to say that owing to an unfortunate altercation in this office the greater part of your manuscript is illegible; a bottle of ink was upset upon it, blotting out all but the first line - that is to say - "
Containing scenes of altercation, of no very uncommon kind.
A violent altercation ensued, in the course of which Thorn threatened to put the partners in irons should they prove refractory; upon which M'Dougal seized a pistol and swore to be the death of the captain should he ever offer such an indignity.
I was worn out by two days and a night of hard railway travel and had not entirely recovered from a gunshot wound in the head, received in an altercation. Rather than look for better quarters I lay down on the mattress without removing my clothing and fell asleep.
"Come, come, mates," spoke up one of the men, Tompkins, who had taken no part in the altercation, "shootin' off our bloomin' mugs won't get us nothin'.
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.
Besides, there had been no altercation; the assailant had come in so silently and suddenly, that she had been felled before she could look round.
Then began a curious three-cornered altercation. Alternately I appealed to one and another of the three men,-- first to the grey-haired man to let me land, and then to the drunken captain to keep me aboard.
At the front an altercation occurred between an Austrian guide and a Russian general.
They had a lurid altercation, in which they damned each other's souls with frequence.
Meantime returning to that evening altercation in deadened tones within the private apartment of Miss de Barral's governess, what if I were to tell you that disappointment had most likely made them touchy with each other, but that perhaps the secret of his careless, railing behaviour, was in the thought, springing up within him with an emphatic oath of relief "Now there's nothing to prevent me from breaking away from that old woman." And that the secret of her envenomed rage, not against this miserable and attractive wretch, but against fate, accident and the whole course of human life, concentrating its venom on de Barral and including the innocent girl herself, was in the thought, in the fear crying within her "Now I have nothing to hold him with .
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. If even the rule adopted should in practice justify the equality of its principle, still delinquencies in payments on the part of some of the States would result from a diversity of other causes -- the real deficiency of resources; the mismanagement of their finances; accidental disorders in the management of the government; and, in addition to the rest, the reluctance with which men commonly part with money for purposes that have outlived the exigencies which produced them, and interfere with the supply of immediate wants.