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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 ?
The captain, however, became only so much the more crusty and dogged in his adherence to his orders, and touchy and harsh in his dealings with the passengers, and frequent altercations ensued.
Dag Daughtry could not fail to overhear some of these conversations, which were altercations rather than councils.
This naturally led to racing, and shooting at a mark; one trial of speed and skill succeeded another, shouts and acclamations rose from the victorious parties, fierce altercations succeeded, and a general melee was about to take place, when suddenly the attention of the quarrellers was arrested by a strange kind of Indian chant or chorus, that seemed to operate upon them as a charm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.