Advanced and Proficiency Vocabulary for Exams(e.g.GRE, Banks, Civil Services, SAT / LSAT). For IELTS/TOEFL, and everyday spoken vocabulary, go to our Spoken Vocabulary Database.
‘Altercation’ is a formal word that expresses a heated dispute between people, but it typically implies that the fighting is done with words rather than fists. You can use this term to describe the latter, but when doing so it is common to specify that you are referring to a 'physical altercation.’
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I’ve had a few altercations with Fiona this week over our marketing campaign. We both have our own fixed ideas on what it should look like.
What started off as an argument over a parking spot soon developed into a physical altercation.
There was an altercation between a customer and one of the shop assistants, so the manager stepped in to try and resolve the dispute.