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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 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.

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 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 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, 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 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 previewMongolian-English Dictionary (2013)

by Ferdinand D Lessing

Quarrel, strife, dispute, altercation. necessary, needed, useful. -- yn eki. Reason for quarrel. -- jayum-a. Useful object. 4: -- kymyn. Auseful person; one who has come KERELZEGENE / XBPBJIBPBHB on business. n. Field mouse. mori ——.

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology (1891)

by Richard Soule

Wrangling, bickering, quarrelling, altercation, jangle, jar. Janitor, n. Porter, doorkeeper, concierge. Janty, a. [Written also Jaunty.] Showy, finical, airy, fluttering, bedizened, gairish, dressy, gay, fine, pranked out. Japan, v a. Varnish, lacquer.

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

By this hot pursuit of lower controversies amongst men professing religion, and agreeing in the principal foundations thereof, they conceive hope, that, about the higher principles themselves, time will cause altercation to grow. Hooker.

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, ...

Google previewA Dictionary, English-Armenian (1907)

by V. H. Hagopian

Altercation, s.

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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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