Definition of confront
- confront an enemy
- The mayor was confronted by a group of protesters.
- confront a reader with statistics
- confronted her with the evidence
- confronted the possibility of failure
They confronted the invaders at the shore.
She confronted him about his smoking.
The country is reluctant to confront its violent past.
The photographs confront the viewer with images of desperate poverty.
I confronted her with the evidence.
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First Known Use: circa 1568See Words from the same year
stand up to;
: 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
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