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altercation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Altercation  \Al`ter*ca"tion\  (?;  277),  n.  [F.  altercation,  fr 
  L.  altercatio.] 
  Warm  contention  in  words  dispute  carried  on  with  heat  or 
  anger;  controversy;  wrangle;  wordy  contest.  ``Stormy 
  altercations.''  --Macaulay. 
 
  Syn:  {Altercation},  {Dispute},  {Wrangle}. 
 
  Usage:  The  term  dispute  is  in  most  cases,  but  not 
  necessarily,  applied  to  a  verbal  contest;  as  a 
  dispute  on  the  lawfulness  of  war.  An  altercation  is  an 
  angry  dispute  between  two  parties,  involving  an 
  interchange  of  severe  language.  A  wrangle  is  a 
  confused  and  noisy  altercation. 
 
  Their  whole  life  was  little  else  than  a 
  perpetual  wrangling  and  altercation.  --Hakewill. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  altercation 
  n  :  noisy  quarrel  [syn:  {affray},  {fracas}] 




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