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altercation (plural altercations)
- Warm contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy; wrangle; wordy contest.
1914, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear:
- "What the hell is it to you who are my friends?" roared McMurdo in a voice which brought every head in the carriage round to witness the altercation.
altercation f (plural altercations)