altercation etymology

English word altercation comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₂élteros (Other (of two), second.), Proto-Italic *alteros

Detailed word origin of altercation

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*h₂élteros Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Other (of two), second.
*alteros Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
alter Latin (lat) The one...the other (alter...alter). The other, the second.
altercor Latin (lat) (legal) I strive to gain the victory over an opponent in a court of justice by putting questions for him to answer.. I contend or struggle with.. I have a discussion or difference with another; dispute, quarrel, wrangle, argue.
altercator Latin (lat)
altercatio Latin (lat) Altercation. Dispute, debate.
altercation French (fra) Altercation.
altercation English (eng) Warm contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy; wrangle; verbal contest.

Words with the same origin as altercation

Descendants of *h₂élteros
adulterate adulterine adultery advoutrer alterability alterable alterative altern altern base alternate inalterability subaltern