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Definition of the noun altercation

What does altercation mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: altercations

  1. noisy quarrel

Alternative definition of the noun altercation


  1. Warm contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy; wrangle; wordy contest.

Definition of the noun altercation for high school students

    a dispute, fight
    • example: Jason and Lionel blamed one another for the car accident, leading to an altercation.

The noun altercation is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for altercation

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Google previewMaster the Clerical Exams (2010)

by Peterson's

offensive Altercation means most nearly (A) defeat (B) concurrence (C) controversy (D) vexation ...

Google previewEnglish synonymes, with copious illustrations and explanations (1858)

drawn from the best writers by George Crabb

a difference, as distinguished from the others, is generally of a less serious and personal kind ; a dispute consists not only of angry words, hut much ill blood and unkind offices; an altercation is a wordy dispute, in which ...

Google previewThe Student Writer's Guide to Avoiding “Dead Words” (2015)

by James Deaux

synonyms for a verbal fight: • Altercation: An altercation is a loud, public verbal disagreement that typically leads to a physical fight. • Bickering: A bickering is an argument over unimportant and petty things. You could use this to describe little ...

Google previewYour Total PSAT/NMSQT Solution (2010)

by Research and Education Association, Robert Bell, Brain Higginbotham, Drew Johnson, Michael Snow

An altercation is a dispute or minor conflict. chapter 3—Basic Verbal Skills Re view M.

Google previewThe Functions of Language and Cognition (2014)

by Grover J. Whitehurst, Barry J. Zimmerman

The concepts were infrequently used words such as ALACRITY and ALTERCATION. Some students were given lexical definitions for each word, such as, “An altercation is a social interchange characterized by a heated exchange of opposing ...

Google previewEnglish synonymes explained with illustrations and exemples from the best writers (1824)

by George Crabb

A diference, as distinguished from the others, is generally of a less serious and personal kind; a dispute consists not only of angry words, but much ill blood and unkind offices; an altercation is a wordy dispute, in which diference of opinion is ...

Google previewWord Nerd (2007)

More Than 18,000 Fascinating Facts about Words by Barbara Ann Kipfer

altar comes from Latin altus, meaning “high,” as this is usually a raised structure an individual's conception of another person is called alter an altercation is a heated exchange of words, not a fight the state of being different is alterity ...

Google previewAequanimitas (1967)

and whether the altercation is an unrelated incident or another step in a Communist plan to control the world A more basic question must also be considered: Do the economic and technical advances made in Russia justify subjugation of a ...

Google previewThe New Century Book of Facts (1910)

A Handbook of Ready Reference by Carroll Davidson Wright

A difference is a less serious and personal matter; a dispute suggests many angry words and much ill-feeling; an altercation is a wordy dispute, with wide difference of opinion, and much abusive language; a quarrel is the most serious and ...

Google previewA Dictionary, English-Armenian (1907)

by V. H. Hagopian

Altercation, s.

Google previewA Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1885)

by Walter William Skeat

altercation, a dispute. (F. — L.) M. E. altercation. — O. F. altercation. — L. altcrca- tionem, acc. of altcrcalio. — L. a/tercatus, pp. of altercari, ...

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It takes two to start an altercation, but only one to end it.
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Scrabble value of A1L1T1E1R1C3A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 11-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.


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