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. [1913 Webster]

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  • altercate — [ôl′tər kāt΄] vi. altercated, altercating [< L altercatus, pp. of altercari, to dispute < alter, other: see ALTER] to argue angrily; quarrel …   English World dictionary

  • altercate — intransitive verb ( cated; cating) Etymology: Latin altercatus, past participle of altercari, from alter Date: 1530 to dispute angrily or noisily ; wrangle …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • altercate — /awl teuhr kayt /, v.i., altercated, altercating. to argue or quarrel with zeal, heat, or anger; wrangle. [1530 40; < L altercatus (ptp. of altercari to quarrel), equiv. to *alterc(us) a disputing (alter other + cus formative suffix) + atus ATE1] …   Universalium

  • altercate — verb To argue, quarrel or wrangle with someone …   Wiktionary

  • altercate — v. fight, quarrel …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • altercate — al·ter·cate …   English syllables

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