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Pronunciation:  `oltur'keyshun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  noisy quarrel

ALTERCATION is a 11 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: affray, fracas
 See Also: batrachomyomachia, dustup, quarrel, row, run-in, words, wrangle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

Thesaurus Terms
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