1. [ noun ] a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
Synonyms: argument controversy contention tilt arguing disceptation contestation

"they were involved in a violent argument"

Related terms: dispute fight argle-bargle sparring firestorm polemic argue contest
2. [ noun ] the formal presentation of and opposition to a stated proposition (usually followed by a vote)
Synonyms: debate public_debate
Related terms: public_speaking quarrel
Similar spelling:   disputatious