1. (rare) Characterized by wrangling; scolding.
    • 1731, Henry Fielding, The Tragedy of Tragedies; or, The Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great, London: J. Roberts, Act II, Scene 7, p. 30, footnote z,
      I know some of the Commentators have imagined, that Mr. Dryden, in the Altercative Scene between Cleopatra and Octavia […] is much beholden to our Author.
    • '1903, E. Nesbit, “Rounding Off a Scene” in The Literary Sense, New York and London: Macmillan, p. 14,
      His cab, delayed by a red newspaper cart, jammed in altercative contact with a dray full of brown barrels, paused in Cannon Street.
Related terms Translations
  • Portuguese: altercador, altercante

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