What does altercation mean?
The definition of altercation
Al`ter*ca”tion, n.
Etym: [F. altercation, fr. L. altercatio.]

Warm contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy; wrangle; wordy contest. “Stormy altercations.” Macaulay.

— Altercation, Dispute, Wrangle. 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.