Definition of confrontation
: the act of confronting : the state of being confronted: such asa : a face-to-face meeting a confrontation between the suspect and the victimb : the clashing of forces or ideas : conflict a violent confrontation between rival gangsc : comparison The flashbacks bring into meaningful confrontation present and past, near and far. — R. J. Clements
confrontationalplay \ˌkän-(ˌ)frən-ˈtā-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
confrontationalistplay \ˌkän-(ˌ)frən-ˈtā-sh(ə-)nə-list\ noun
confrontationistplay \ˌkän-(ˌ)frən-ˈtā-sh(ə-)nist\ 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.
Origin and Etymology of confrontation
First Known Use: 1632
CONFRONTATION Defined for English Language Learners
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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