con·​fron·​ta·​tion ˌkän-(ˌ)frən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce confrontation (audio)
: the act of confronting : the state of being confronted: such as
: a face-to-face meeting
a confrontation between the suspect and the victim
: the clashing of forces or ideas : conflict
a violent confrontation between rival gangs
: comparison
The flashbacks bring into meaningful confrontation present and past, near and far.R. J. Clements
confrontational adjective
confrontationist noun or adjective

Examples of confrontation in a Sentence

There were several violent confrontations between rival gangs. He would prefer not to have a confrontation with the authorities. a series of confrontations between residents and police We want cooperation, not confrontation. We seek to avoid military confrontation at all costs.
Recent Examples on the Web Although most domestic-violence victims who attack or kill their abusers do so amid confrontation, according to Ms. Maguigan’s research, some act preemptively, before the next attack can occur. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 Ramona’s confrontation with her ex Roxie Richter (Mae Whitman) takes place in a video store in which the two women careen magically through different movie genres. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 But something in the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation — two peoples located at the nexus of places holy to Judaism, Islam and Christianity — imbues the conflict with a peculiarly ferocious charge resistant to every attempt to tame its potency. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Notably, there could be a sequel about Lucy Gray and what happened to her after her confrontation with Snow. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 The summit attempted to revive a deteriorating relationship between the two countries and tamp down risk of an unwanted confrontation. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 16 Nov. 2023 What really happened? Nov. 8, 2023 Authorities have still not released information on what happened, but the arrest on suspicion of manslaughter begins to clarify the confrontation between Alnaji and Kessler. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Kessler, a 69-year-old Jewish man, died from blunt-force head trauma following a confrontation with a counterprotester, amid simultaneous pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrations, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said. Mark Osborne, ABC News, 16 Nov. 2023 Xi said in Bali that U.S.-China interactions should be defined by dialogue and win-win cooperation, not confrontation and zero-sum competition. Byaamer Madhani, Fortune, 13 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


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First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of confrontation was in 1632

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“Confrontation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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