al·​ter·​cate | \ ˈȯl-tər-ˌkāt How to pronounce altercate (audio) \
altercated; altercating

Definition of altercate

intransitive verb

: to dispute angrily or noisily : wrangle

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Examples of altercate in a Sentence

this discussion is so silly we might as well altercate on how many angels can dance on the point of a needle

First Known Use of altercate

1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for altercate

borrowed from Latin altercātus, past participle of altercārī, altercāre "to dispute vehemently, wrangle," derivative of alter "second, another" — more at alter

Note: The formation of altercārī is unclear. Ernout and Meillet (Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue latine, Paris, 1959/1985) assume that it is based on *altercus, an unattested variant of alternus "occurring in alternation" (see alternate entry 1). Leumann (Lateinische Laut- und Formenlehre, Munich, 1977) proposes syncope from *altericāre, with the suffix perhaps after duplicāre "to double" (see duplicate entry 1).

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“Altercate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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