confrontation

noun
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 confrontational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
confrontationalist \ ˌkän-​(ˌ)frən-​ˈtā-​sh(ə-​)nə-​list How to pronounce confrontationalist (audio) \ noun
confrontationist \ ˌkän-​(ˌ)frən-​ˈtā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce confrontationist (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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Investigators determined that a traffic confrontation ensued between Mendes and Landry prior to the stabbing, and that Mendes allegedly stabbed Landry with a knife and then got back into her vehicle and fled the scene, the release. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Fall River woman charged in Brockton road rage killing held without bail," 1 July 2019 Then the native population rapidly declined in the face of disease, which overpowered their immune systems, along with military confrontations and other disruptions. Roger Showley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "250 years of San Diego," 30 June 2019 Instead, moderators leveraged an already acrimonious campaign by spending much of the time having candidates address their opponents' criticisms, which resulted in confrontations and a combative tone that seemed tailor-made for Trump. Mary Mcnamara, chicagotribune.com, "Commentary: The first Democratic debate won’t break ratings records. And that’s OK," 26 June 2019 But Trump himself also believed that politics were something that happened on television—an abstract performance of grievance and confrontation and inchoate anger that resets every morning and gets more interesting during even-numbered years. David Roth, The New Republic, "Making sense of Donald Trump's petulant reign," 12 June 2019 The young chief shrugged, ashamed at direct confrontation and unwilling to insult his parents. Shobana Shankar, Quartz Africa, "What the United States could learn from Nigeria about taking on anti-vaxxers," 7 June 2019 Williams’ girlfriend, who was present during the confrontation, quickly de-escalated the situation by showing the white officer the bank statement that proved the large bank withdrawal. Essence, "Black Detroit Police Officer Claims He Was Racially Profiled By Fellow White Cop," 17 June 2019 Neither officer was hurt during the confrontation, which was the third fatal Portland Police Bureau shooting this year. oregonlive.com, "2 officers involved in fatal Pearl District police shooting identified," 10 June 2019 The border marches routinely ended in confrontations, with some of the Palestinian demonstrators burning tires, hurling fire bombs or setting off explosives and Israeli troops firing live rounds and tear gas. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Rockets from Gaza Strip hit Israel; 4 die at border protest," 31 Mar. 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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10 Jul 2019

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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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