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Mar 10, 2016
This week’s theme
Unfamiliar cousins of everyday words

This week’s words
chicane
derogate
ludic
altercate
complot

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altercate

PRONUNCIATION:
(AL-tuhr-kayt)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To argue or dispute heatedly.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin altercari (to quarrel with another), from alter (other). Earliest documented use: 1530.

USAGE:
“Been altercating forever. What I got to do is make sure neither of them wins.”
Mike Ashley; The Mammoth Book of Sorceror’s Tales; Constable & Robinson; 2004.

See more usage examples of altercate in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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