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.
Recent Examples of confrontation from the Web
Taiwan will not revert to the old path of confrontation.
Israel previously accused Waqf officials of allowing Palestinian protesters to hoard stones, sticks and firecrackers for use in confrontations with police.
After capturing east Jerusalem, including its Old City, and the West Bank in 1967, Israel sought to avoid a confrontation with the Muslim world.
A Johnson County, Mo., sheriff deputy was injured Monday evening when he was struck by a car during a confrontation with a verbally abusive man.
A video showing a black man in handcuffs being attacked by a police dog in San Diego last week has gone viral, another example of the heavy-handed violent confrontations that frequently occur between black folk and the police.
Kris Jenner is photographed paying a visit to Rob after Chyna gets out of town, leading many to believe Kris is there for a confrontation of some sort.
There was some kind of confrontation near homes on Knoll and more than one deputy fired at the man, mortally wounding him, Keim said.
Australia has a relatively insular, risk-averse community of board members and investors who for the most part do not seek public confrontation, said Gilbert + Tobin partner Justin Mannolini.
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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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