Origin of altercationClassical Latin altercatio
The definition of an altercation is a verbal fight between people.
When two guys start yelling at each other, that is an example of an altercation.
A heated, sometimes violent quarrel or conflict: “[An] altercation with one of Nekrasov's colleagues … even led Tolstoy to challenge him to a duel” ( Rosamund Bartlett )
- An altercation ensued.
- He was admitted after an altercation, and found a warm welcome at the hands of his former teacher.
- An angry altercation followed, for Comyn would have nothing to do with the scheme, and Bruce and his followers finally slew him before the altar of a church into which he had fled.
- On this occasion an altercation occurred between him and his friend Gans, who in his notice of lectures on jurisprudence had recommended Hegel's Philosophy of Right.
- His action led to an altercation with Ossory, the son of Ormonde, in which Ossory used language for which he was compelled to apologize.