confrontation

noun
con·​fron·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkän-(ˌ)frən-ˈtā-shən \

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 , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
confrontationalist \ ˌkän-​(ˌ)frən-​ˈtā-​sh(ə-​)nə-​list \ noun
confrontationist \ 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.
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And the encounter, with the hallmarks of a scene in the tense reality show that is modern life in the United States — confrontation and racial animosity — was recorded by many people with phones and cameras nearby. Eli Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "How anonymous tweets helped ignite a national controversy over MAGA hat teens," 23 Jan. 2019 Given that the penultimate day of the show calendar coincides with what is poised to be Acte 10 of Saturday demonstrations, Dior Men has opted to avoid any possible confrontation. Amy Verner, Vogue, "First Dior Men, Now Thom Browne—The Gilets Jaunes Are Impacting the Fall ’19 Paris Men’s Shows," 9 Jan. 2019 Back in 2015, 97.5 The Fanatic host Mike Missanelli exchanged insults in a months-long back-and-forth with former 94.1 WIP host Josh Innes amid a tight ratings battle that eventually escalated into a heated confrontation at Eagles practice. Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "'False on every level': WIP shoots back at Mike Missanelli," 10 July 2018 The preview leaves that question unresolved, jumping instead to a separate confrontation between Brianna and her travel companion, Lizzie. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Sneak Peek: Brianna Discovers What Really Happened to Roger," 4 Jan. 2019 Bennett’s streets teem with unaffiliated scrivers, thieves, and swords-for-hire, and the novel’s final act — a heist and confrontation — sees Sancia breaking into the fantasy equivalent of a smart fortress. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Foundryside is a cyberpunk adventure wrapped in an epic fantasy novel," 23 Dec. 2018 The confrontation went on for weeks, until the mothers returned to the site one morning to find park workers had toppled a maple tree. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 The confrontation between pitcher and batter is a border war. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018 His brother, Stevante, gained national attention for his response to the tragedy — specifically for a confrontation at a Sacramento City Council meeting. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "Stevante Clark is Running for Mayor of Sacramento," 3 Jan. 2019

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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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confrontation

noun

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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