con·​fron·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkän-(ˌ)frən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce confrontation (audio) \

Definition of confrontation

: the act of confronting : the state of being confronted: such as
a : 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

Other Words from confrontation

confrontational \ ˌkän-​(ˌ)frən-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce confrontation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
confrontationalist \ ˌkän-​(ˌ)frən-​ˈtā-​sh(ə-​)nə-​list How to pronounce confrontation (audio) \ noun
confrontationist \ ˌkän-​(ˌ)frən-​ˈtā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce confrontation (audio) \ 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 The principles used to deal with a frightened child are the same for all relationships when belligerent confrontation, sharp differences, and uproar are involved. Chip Bell, Forbes, 15 June 2022 Last week, during a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on saving lives from gun violence, a heated confrontation between me and Representative Katie Porter, a Democrat from California, went viral. Amy Swearer, National Review, 13 June 2022 Nearly a million viewers have witnessed what happened next in that May 22 confrontation, captured on video and posted on Facebook. Peter Smith, Chicago Tribune, 4 June 2022 Nearly a million viewers have witnessed what happened next in that May 22 confrontation, captured on video and posted on Facebook. Peter Smith, ajc, 4 June 2022 Investigators believe Gillio Calais Repetto shot and wounded the 34-year-old victim during the confrontation, which was partially captured on cellphone footage, around 10 a.m. near Otay Ranch Town Center, Chula Vista police Capt. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2022 The visual confrontation between their black and blue Islamic garments and the raging sea of saffron -- a color closely associated with Hinduism -- is symbolic of deepening divisions in the country caused, in part, by the rise of Hindu nationalism. CNN, 11 Mar. 2022 Ripley begins trying on Greenleaf’s clothes and adopting his mannerisms, which disconcerts him and eventually leads to an explosive confrontation in which—spoiler alert—Greenleaf is killed. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 2 Mar. 2022 If Putin’s forces continue to be bogged down fighting a Ukrainian army that is outgunned and outnumbered, some experts worry the danger of a wider, more catastrophic confrontation will only rise. W.j. Hennigan, Time, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of confrontation

1632, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for confrontation

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30 Jun 2022

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“Confrontation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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