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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In 1377 the reformer appeared before Archbishop Sudbury and Courtenay, when an altercation between the duke and the bishop led to the dispersal of the court, and during the ensuing riot Lancaster probably owed his safety to the good offices of his foe.