Al`ter*ca"tion [F. altercation, fr. L. altercatio.]
Warm contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy; wrangle; wordy contest.
Syn. -- Altercation, Dispute, Wrangle. 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.
© Webster 1913.