al·​ter·​ca·​tion | \ ˌȯl-tər-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce altercation (audio) \

Definition of altercation

: a noisy, heated, angry dispute He got into several altercations with his boss. also : noisy controversy

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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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ASAP Rocky was arrested early Wednesday in Stockholm, Sweden, on suspicion of gross assault after a Sunday altercation that was captured in part on videos posted online, including two posted by the artist himself. Christie D'zurilla,, "ASAP Rocky is behind bars in Sweden after street fight caught on video," 3 July 2019 The altercation stemmed from a disagreement over money. Carol Robinson |,, "1 killed, 1 jailed in early-morning shooting in Anniston," 3 July 2019 Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott won't be suspended for his altercation with a Las Vegas security guard, the NFL said on Wednesday. Michael Shapiro,, "Ezekiel Elliott Won't Face Suspension After Incident With Las Vegas Security Guard," 3 July 2019 The shooting stemmed from an altercation between herself and 23-year-old Ebony Jemison, who was originally charged with manslaughter but was able to walk free after the grand jury declined to indict her. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Large Percentage Of Alabamians Agree With The Decision To Punish Mother Who Lost Unborn Child In Shooting," 1 July 2019 The altercation erupted on a sidewalk on Sixth Avenue near B Street about 7:20 p.m., officials said. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man stabbed during argument in downtown San Diego," 30 June 2019 Marshae Jones was five months pregnant when 23-year-old Ebony Jemison shot her in the stomach during a December altercation over the fetus's father, authorities said. Blake Paterson,, "Alabama woman indicted in the death of her fetus, but person who shot her goes free," 28 June 2019 The altercation between Ayars and Cooper-Nurse was witnessed by a neighbor. Emilie Eaton,, "A woman who accuses ex-fiance, a San Antonio police officer, of domestic violence says the scars are still fresh," 27 June 2019 The altercation happened last December at a Birmingham, Alabama suburb shopping center. Mireya Villarreal, CBS News, "Pregnant woman shot in the stomach indicted over unborn baby's death," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of altercation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for altercation

see altercate

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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