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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The results of this particular altercation seem to be skewing in Lowry’s — a.k.a. the player’s — favor. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "A Look Back at 5 Memorable Player-Fan Altercations in Major League Sports," 7 June 2019 The altercation occurred early in the fourth quarter as Lowry chased a loose ball. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Warriors’ part-owner banned by NBA for shoving Raptors player," 6 June 2019 Lawsuit describes altercation The incident started when police received a call on Oct. 6, 2014, of domestic violence at Mbegbu's house near 27th and Glendale avenues. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Phoenix to pay $200K to family of man who died during arrest," 6 June 2019 The altercation took place on Ferry Street in Pontiac. Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, "NBA finals argument leads to Pontiac man stabbing girlfriend's son, police say," 6 June 2019 The lawsuit contends Lu fatally kicked Tungekar in the head during a traffic altercation. Fox News, "Family of slain Chicago cab driver sues Uber," 5 June 2019 The altercation was caught on video and posted to Facebook and Twitter by Kenneth Simpson. Essence, "Airbnb Host Kicks Guests Out Of House, Calls Them ‘Monkeys’," 4 June 2019 Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is said to have berated Gunners manager Unai Emery over the club's Europa League final defeat at the hands of Chelsea last week, getting transfer listed after the altercation was seen as the 'final straw'., "Mesut Ozil Tipped to Leave Arsenal Amid Claims He Told Unai Emery 'You're Not a Coach'," 4 June 2019 The altercation was captured in the above photo gallery. Lillian Reed,, "Baltimore's fledgling Peregrine falcons begin taking short solo flights; blue jay picks a fight," 3 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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