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altercātĭo , ōnis, f. id.,
I.a strife or contest in words, a dispute, debate; either with or without passion: ἀμοιβαῖος λόγος, Gloss. Philox. (perh. not entirely dignified, since Cic. uses it several times in his Epistt. and philos. writings; but in his Oratt. disceptatio and contentio generally take its place).
II. Esp., in rhet., an altercation; a kind of discourse in a court of justice, which is not continuous, but where one seeks to vanquish his opponent by interposed questions, sometimes mingled with abuse (cf. Quint. 6, 3, 4; 4, 1, 28, and altercor, II.), Cic. Brut. 44, 164.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (14):
    • Cicero, Letters to his Friends, 1.2
    • Cicero, Letters to Atticus, 1.16
    • Suetonius, Divus Julius, 71
    • Tacitus, Historiae, 4.7
    • Plautus, Aulularia, 3.5
    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 4, 6
    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 38, 32
    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 10, 40
    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 1, 7
    • Cicero, de Natura Deorum, 1.6
    • Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, Book 4, 1.28
    • Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, Book 6, 3.4
    • Cicero, Brutus, 44.164
    • Valerius Maximus, Facta et Dicta Memorabilia, 9.1.4
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