Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A vehement quarrel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Warm contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy; wrangle; wordy contest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Warm contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy; wrangle; wordy contest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of altercating; warm contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy; wrangle.
  • n. In Roman law, the method of proceeding on the trial of a cause in court by question and answer. Colquhoun.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. noisy quarrel

Etymologies

From French altercation, from Latin altercatio. (Wiktionary)

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