confrontation

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noun con·fron·ta·tion \ˌkän-(ˌ)frən-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of confrontation

  1. :  the act of confronting :  the state of being confronted: such asa :  a face-to-face meeting <a confrontation between the suspect and the victim>b :  the clashing of forces or ideas :  conflict <a violent confrontation between rival gangs>c :  comparison <The flashbacks bring into meaningful confrontation present and past, near and far. — R. J. Clements>

confrontational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

confrontationalist

play \-sh(ə-)nə-list\ noun

confrontationist

play \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun or adjective

Examples of confrontation in a sentence

  1. There were several violent confrontations between rival gangs.

  2. He would prefer not to have a confrontation with the authorities.

  3. a series of confrontations between residents and police

  4. We want cooperation, not confrontation.

  5. We seek to avoid military confrontation at all costs.

Origin and Etymology of confrontation

see confront


First Known Use: 1632


CONFRONTATION Defined for English Language Learners

confrontation

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noun con·fron·ta·tion \ˌkän-(ˌ)frən-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of confrontation for English Language Learners

  • : a situation in which people, groups, etc., fight, oppose, or challenge each other in an angry way



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