a heated or angry dispute; noisy argument or controversy.
According to police reports, he followed Martin, and an “altercation” ensued.
Where’s the Outrage Over the Killing of Trayvon Martin? Allison Samuels March 18, 2012
The only thing that both sides agree on is that an altercation ensued, and Brown was shot multiple times.
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He got into an altercation that ended with a white man savagely beating him.
Up From History, Part 4 David Frum February 3, 2013
Some reports suggest Zimmerman uttered racial insults at the teenager before the altercation.
Sanford Protesters Demand Arrest in Trayvon Death as Residents Question Racial Profiling Allison Samuels March 22, 2012
The altercation was reportedly “all over a little white H&M bow tie,” that one of the bottle service waitresses liked and put on.
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The Rao Sahib interposed, fearful of an altercation between his two most skillful commanders.
Lachmi Bai Rani of Jhansi Michael White
He resolved to be as prudent as possible, and avoid, as far as he could, any altercation with Haley.
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
Passing a saloon one night alone, Gillis heard an altercation going on inside, and very naturally stepped in to enjoy it.
Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete Albert Bigelow Paine
Heyward saw, by the manner of the scout, that altercation would be useless.
The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
And now, at the very beginning, indeed, within less than a minute they were engaged in an altercation with them.
In the grip of the Mullah F. S. Brereton
an angry or heated discussion or quarrel; argument
late 14c., from Old French altercacion (12c.) and directly from Latin altercationem (nominative altercatio) “a dispute, debate, discussion,” noun of action from past participle stem of altercari “to dispute (with another),” from alter “other” (see alter).
- Alter ego
a second self; a perfect substitute or deputy: His adviser acts as his alter ego during his absence. an inseparable friend. another aspect of one’s self. Contemporary Examples Revealing herself as both Miriam Weeks and alter ego Belle Knox made her feel vulnerable. Porn Keeps Up with the Kardashians: Belle Knox on the Mainstreaming of […]
- Alter idem
another exactly the same.
- Alter kocker
alter kocker affirmation Yes; I agree: All right, I’ll go when you want interjection An exclamation of strong approval, esp of something well done or successful; way to go
to interchange repeatedly and regularly with one another in time or place; rotate (usually followed by with): Day alternates with night. to change back and forth between conditions, states, actions, etc.: He alternates between hope and despair. to take turns: My sister and I alternated in doing the dishes. Electricity. to reverse direction or sign […]