altercation

noun al·ter·ca·tion \ ˌȯl-tər-ˈkā-shən \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of altercation

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

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Origin and Etymology of altercation

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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