altercation

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n altercation noisy quarrel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Altercation Warm contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy; wrangle; wordy contest. "Stormy altercations .""Their whole life was little else than a perpetual wrangling and altercation ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n altercation The act of altercating; warm contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy; wrangle.
    • n altercation In Roman law, the method of proceeding on the trial of a cause in court by question and answer. Colquhoun. Synonyms Wrangle, Brawl, etc. See quarrel, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Altercation contention: controversy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. altercation, fr. L. altercatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. altercāri, -catus, to bandy words from one to the other (alter).

Usage

In literature:

Having had various altercations with the Indians, the party reached Red River, bringing about 900 lbs.
"The Romantic Settlement of Lord Selkirk's Colonists" by George Bryce
When Charlotte went down-stairs she found her mother showing much more spirit than usual in an altercation with her father.
"Pembroke" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
All altercations, loud talking and noisy laughter are doubly ill-mannered in a ball-room.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
All this passed so quickly that we had listened to the altercation in open-mouthed astonishment.
"The Land of the Black Mountain" by Reginald Wyon
As he flew through to his microscope he became aware of an altercation in the stable-yard beneath.
"None Other Gods" by Robert Hugh Benson
Altercations, I am afraid, were not infrequent in the epoch when the actors in this drama were of the male sex.
"Observations of an Orderly" by Ward Muir
On the evening of the 5th, an altercation began just below the Old State House, between the sentinel of the guard and a crowd of townsfolk.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 6" by Various
On the main deck the cook, locking up the galley doors, had an altercation with young Charley about a pair of socks.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
Words of angry altercation came to the ears of Laurence MacKim.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
The group gathered closer, voices were heard in excited altercation, there were long intervals of silence.
"Pee-Wee Harris Adrift" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
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In poetry:

For many a year Uncle Sammy
Fired away at his logical forte:
Discussion was his occupation,
And altercation his sport;
He argued himself out of churches, he argued himself into court.
"Uncle Sammy" by William McKendree Carleton
Thus having strove some tedious years
With feign'd desires and real fears, And tired with answers and replies
Of John affirms, and Martha lies,
Leaving this endless altercation,
The mind affects a higher station.
"Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind. In Three Cantos. - Canto II." by Matthew Prior
And now the altercation ceas'd;
O'er-power'd, his worship acquiesc'd.
Thus servants, with a growing pride,
Seem to submit, but really guide.
Justice is, as some men have Kings,
Held, by his clerk, in leading strings.
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton
What man with men would push and altercate,
Piecing out crooked means to crooked ends,
When he can have the skies and woods for friends,
Snatch back the rudder of his undismantled fate,
And in himself be ruler, church, and state?
"The Pioneer" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

On 12-9-2012, approximately 8:00 pm, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office was notified of a physical altercation in progress in the 2800 block of Lindstrom Drive, Eureka .
Aubry and Martinez were hospitalised after a Thanksgiving Day (22Nov12) brawl at the actress' home in Hollywood, and the model, who was beaten black and blue in the altercation, has since obtained a restraining order against his ex's fiance.
Altercation on Gaza border disturbs break in violence.
In the aftermath of his physical altercation with Halle Berry's fiancé , Olivier Martinez, on Thanksgiving Day, Gabriel Aubry has obtained a restraining order against him.
Jesse Grant/WireImage (LOS ANGELES) — In the aftermath of his physical altercation with Halle Berry's fiancé , Olivier Martinez, on Thanksgiving Day, Gabriel Aubry has obtained a restraining order against him.
Jerramy Stevens arrested after altercation with fiancee Hope Solo.
It started as an altercation between Clint Coker and his brother at their home in St Stephens.
Worcester public school students were involved in a fight near the 7-11 near City Hall Monday at approximately the same time as the Hamilton Street altercation.
Saskatoon Transit bus driver suspended after video of profanity- filled altercation posted online.
The pair allegedly were involved in a physical altercation.
Altercation Over Story Caught On Tape.
A Freeport woman was charged with aggravated assault and obstruction of identification after an altercation with Berwyn police about 7:48 pm Nov 11, police said.
Domestic altercation causes suspect to flee from scene.
A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy happened to be at the right place at the right time on Oct 26 to break up an altercation involving a tire iron and a handgun.
Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz was asked about last year's altercation with San Fransisco coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday.
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