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Borrowed as Middle English altercacioun from Anglo-Norman altercacione, altercacioun, from Middle French altercacion, altercation (altercation in modern French); ultimately from Latin altercātiō, altercātiōn-.
- (US) IPA(key): /ɔl.tɚˈkeɪ.ʃən/
- (cot–caught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /ɑl.tɚˈkeɪ.ʃən/
- Hyphenation: al‧ter‧ca‧tion
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- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
- Heated or angry dispute
- 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.
- The shooting resulted from an altercation between two armed intoxicated men.
altercation f (plural altercations)