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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 al·ter·ca·tion /ˌɔltɚ/
 爭論,口角

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Al·ter·ca·tion n.  Warm contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy; wrangle; wordy contest. “Stormy altercations.”
 Syn: -- Altercation, Dispute, Wrangle.
 Usage: The term dispute is in most cases, but not necessarily, applied to a verbal contest; as, a dispute on the lawfulness of war. An altercation is an angry dispute between two parties, involving an interchange of severe language. A wrangle is a confused and noisy altercation.
    Their whole life was little else than a perpetual wrangling and altercation.   --Hakewill.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 altercation
      n : noisy quarrel [syn: affray, fracas]