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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web However, the teen's brother, who witnessed the confrontation, said his sibling was following police instructions to take off his backpack when the Taser was employed. NBC News, 15 June 2021 The confrontation escalated, and Evans was wrestled to the ground, where the officers punched him again and again in his face and legs. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2021 The confrontation ended seconds after Pectol got ahold of Hudgens’ gun and fired it at Officer Charles Saulnier, Hudgens’ partner Saulnier returned fire, hitting Pectol four times. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 June 2021 There is a heartbreaking inevitability to the confrontation between Bollywood and Modi’s BJP. Aatish Taseer, The Atlantic, 10 June 2021 No additional details about the confrontation have been released. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 10 June 2021 That's not exactly how the confrontation has played out. Fortune, 10 June 2021 The two shouted insults back and the driver got out of the vehicle – but the confrontation was broken up by school security. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 9 June 2021 The confrontation between the Kremlin and the tech companies, however, came to a head earlier this year when younger Russians turned their Instagram, Twitter and TikTok accounts into platforms to express their anger over the jailing of Mr. Navalny. Thomas Grove, WSJ, 8 June 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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“Confrontation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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