Definition of altercation
: a noisy, heated, angry dispute He got into several altercations with his boss.; also : noisy controversy
Recent Examples of altercation from the Web
The Penguins, who grew more frustrated as the game went on, got into plenty of physical altercations with the Preds throughout the final period, with star players Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby spending time in the penalty box.
Jones after his latest arrest this offseason for an altercation at a downtown hotel.
Police said the man did not touch the girl during the altercation, but warned residents to be on the lookout.
Trout's father pulled into the parking lot, stops his Hummer and gets involved in the altercation.
Sanchez did not witness the April 30 altercation, but was informed about it the following day.
Three of the weekend homicides were the result of domestic altercations including one apparent murder-suicide, police said.
After the altercation, Gianforte’s campaign issued a statement blaming the reporter and the candidate stayed out of sight.
But the episode in Montana, which sent Mr. Jacobs to the hospital for an examination, came on the heels of several other cases involving reporters and physical altercations, raising alarms among advocates for journalists.
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Origin and Etymology of altercation
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of altercation
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