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

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Other Words from confrontation

confrontational \ ˌkän-​(ˌ)frən-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce confrontational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
confrontationalist \ ˌkän-​(ˌ)frən-​ˈtā-​sh(ə-​)nə-​list How to pronounce confrontationalist (audio) \ noun
confrontationist \ ˌkän-​(ˌ)frən-​ˈtā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce confrontationist (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.
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Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph says 25-year-old Martavious Banks is in critical condition Tuesday after he was shot during a confrontation with officers on Monday. Fox News, "The Latest: Police did not have cameras on in fatal shooting," 18 Sep. 2018 Simmons is accused of assaulting Ibraheem Iessa, 33, during a confrontation at an apartment complex on 3030 Dunvale Road on July 5. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Wounded man charged with assault of security officer in SW Houston," 10 July 2018 During the confrontation, Norris demanded two of the pedestrians empty their pockets. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "He said he was on a path to 'positive change.' Then came prison time, & the shootout," 5 July 2018 During the confrontation, Littlejohn punched Barron, knocking out a tooth. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Independence teen charged with murder in shooting of driver who nearly backed over him," 25 June 2018 The inmate was also shot during a confrontation in a gated area near the Wyandotte County Courthouse. CBS News, "Second sheriff's deputy dies following shooting in Kansas," 16 June 2018 Police in a New Jersey town are investigating an incident caught on viral video of a police officer punching a woman in the head during a violent confrontation on the beach Saturday. Jeff Truesdell,, "Viral Video of Officer Punching Woman on N.J. Beach Is Under Investigation: 'You're About to Get Dropped!'," 31 May 2018 Mixon shot Christin James to death between Aug. 2 and Aug. 3, 2016, during a confrontation at Mixon's home and then tried to dispose of James' body, authorities said. Bob Warren,, "North Shore pair pleads guilty to roles in killing, coverup," 22 May 2018 According to the Daily Camera, police spokesperson Shannon Aulabaugh said one officer has been placed on paid leave following the confrontation. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Black Student Picking Up Trash Outside His Home Was Confronted by Boulder, Colorado, Police," 8 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of confrontation

1632, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for confrontation

see confront

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The first known use of confrontation was in 1632

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English Language Learners Definition of confrontation

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

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