- 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.
altercation definition by Webster's New World
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an angry or heated argument
Origin: Classical Latin altercatio
altercation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A vehement quarrel.