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

Example Sentences

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 The shooting was believed to have unfolded after a confrontation during an after-hours party escalated, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said in a later update. Chantal Da Silva, NBC News, 14 Nov. 2022 DePape allegedly attacked her husband, Paul, after a verbal confrontation and a struggle. Joel Rosenblatt, Chicago Tribune, 10 Nov. 2022 The team regroups after a confrontation; Mike and Jakeem make a terrifying discovery that forces Pat and Sylvester to go on high alert. Olivia Mccormack, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2022 Rosing was arrested after a confrontation with a clerk at Boyd Hall on campus early Sunday. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 9 Nov. 2022 In 2018, a twenty-year-old in Connecticut hanged himself after a confrontation with a predator-hunter group. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2022 After the confrontation with Fallis and the other officers, the girl was taken to the Jack Jones Juvenile Justice Center in Pine Bluff, according to an incident report. Will Langhorne, Arkansas Online, 8 Oct. 2022 The suspect ducked into a room shortly after the deadly confrontation, began shouting threats to responding officers, and remained holed up for seven hours. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 7 Oct. 2022 The department was notified that the man died less than an hour after the confrontation, but his exact time of death is unknown, according to a news release. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 29 Nov. 2022.

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