noun al·ter·ca·tion \ˌl-tər-ˈkā-shən\

: a noisy or angry argument

Full Definition of ALTERCATION

:  a noisy heated angry dispute; also :  noisy controversy


  1. She got into several altercations with the coach this season.
  2. <judging from all the slamming and banging, I'd say there was some sort of altercation going on next door>

First Known Use of ALTERCATION

14th century

Synonym Discussion of ALTERCATION

quarrel, wrangle, altercation, squabble mean a noisy dispute usually marked by anger. quarrel implies heated verbal contention, stressing strained or severed relations which may persist beyond the contention <a quarrel nearly destroyed the relationship>. wrangle suggests undignified and often futile disputation with a noisy insistence on differing opinions <wrangle interminably about small issues>. altercation implies fighting with words as the chief weapon, although it may also connote blows <a loud public altercation>. squabble stresses childish and unseemly dispute over petty matters, but it need not imply bitterness or anger <a brief squabble over what to do next>.


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