Al`ter*ca"tion [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. 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.

 

© Webster 1913.

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