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Altercate \Al"ter*cate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Altercated; p. pr. & vb. n. Altercating.] [L. altercatus, p. p. of altercare, altercari, fr. alter another. See Alter.] To contend in words; to dispute with zeal, heat, or anger; to wrangle.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1520s, "to contend with words," from Latin altercatus, past participle of altercari (see altercation).


vb. (context transitive English) To argue, quarrel or wrangle with someone.


v. have a disagreement over something; "We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America"; "These tewo fellows are always scrapping over something" [syn: quarrel, dispute, scrap, argufy]

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By their altercating and brooding silence, the voting body sanctioned their delegate's authority, giving tacit approval to his brutish methods.