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.
an angry or heated argument
Origin of altercationClassical Latin altercatio
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 )