One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Dispute or argue noisily and publicly.
argue, quarrel, row, have a row, bicker, squabble, have words, debate, disagree, have a disagreement, have an altercation, be at odds, bandy wordsView synonyms
- ‘Not satisfied with the elected councilors squabbling among themselves they altercate like belligerent magpies over over who gets to peck the bottletop, and lick the cream of the milk.’
- ‘First Sohail played a reckless stroke against Venkatesh Prasad - perhaps due to a rush of blood after altercating with him.’
- ‘The lace barely covers her upper leg as the female mages continue to altercate with her that it must be shorter.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin altercat- ‘wrangled’, from altercari.
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