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Negative ConnotationPlay
Implies a tense situation that could escalate, often used negatively. SlideThe debate turned into an altercation when voices were raised.
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Intensity MattersPlay
More intense than a disagreement, but less than a fight. SlideTheir loud altercation in the hallway disrupted the entire office.
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Potential for ViolencePlay
Often suggests the potential for physical conflict, but not always. SlideThe bouncers intervened to prevent the altercation from becoming violent.