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 After this confrontation, Theron got producer Denise Di Novi to come down to the film’s set in the Namibia desert to shadow her and ensure there would be no further conflicts. Zack Sharf, Variety, 13 May 2024 Eighteen people were shot in the confrontation, and three have people died, the sheriff's office said. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for confrontation 

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Word History


see confront

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 19 May. 2024.

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