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confront

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verb con·front \kən-ˈfrənt\

Simple Definition of confront

  • : to oppose or challenge (someone) especially in a direct and forceful way

  • : to directly question the action or authority of (someone)

  • : to deal with (something, such as a problem or danger); especially : to deal with (something) in an honest and direct way

Full Definition of confront

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to face especially in challenge :  oppose <confront an enemy>

  3. 2 a :  to cause to meet :  bring face-to-face <confront a reader with statistics> b :  to meet face-to-face :  encounter <confronted the possibility of failure>

con·front·al play \-ˈfrən-təl\ noun
con·front·er noun

Examples of confront

  1. They confronted the invaders at the shore.

  2. She confronted him about his smoking.

  3. The country is reluctant to confront its violent past.

  4. The photographs confront the viewer with images of desperate poverty.

  5. I confronted her with the evidence.



Origin of confront

Middle French confronter to border on, confront, from Medieval Latin confrontare to bound, from Latin com- + front-, frons forehead, front


First Known Use: circa 1568



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