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 The firm's confrontation with Murdaugh preceded the prominent attorney being shot by an unknown suspect. Vanessa Etienne,, 7 Sep. 2021 The confrontation also underscores the huge gamble Biden is taking with some of the most ambitious social engineering in decades. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 After a time, Hilliard went to leave the store but the group started some kind of apparent confrontation with him. Carol Robinson |, al, 7 Sep. 2021 The ensuing confrontation with the Taliban sets off a chain of events that leads to Claus’s court-martial, shifting the film’s setting from the Afghan countryside to the Danish military-justice system. Sam Sweeney, National Review, 5 Sep. 2021 Amid the continuing confrontation with Russia, Ukraine has intensified its push for NATO membership, but Mr. Biden in June said that Kyiv isn’t ready to join the alliance, citing pervasive corruption. WSJ, 1 Sep. 2021 Fellow activist Liz Jaff had filmed the confrontation with Flake on her cellphone and uploaded it to Twitter, having met Barkan only minutes earlier while boarding the flight. Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Everyone knew of the ongoing confrontation, and Sohel felt their hostility as a tightness in his throat, the people unfriendly, not greeting him. Daniyal Mueenuddin, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021 The car pulled into a parking lot near a business complex, and the subsequent confrontation and shooting happened there. Robin Webb,, 31 Aug. 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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10 Sep 2021

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“Confrontation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 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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