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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Recent Examples on the Web The bloodshed followed six weeks of confrontation that began in early May, when the Indian media reported multiple incursions across the boundary by the People’s... Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "China Hopes ‘Narendra’ Rhymes With ‘Surrender’," 25 June 2020 Bethel is still cautious after two days of confrontation between Black Lives Matter protesters and counter-protesters. Scott Wartman,, "2nd day of protests in Bethel results in 3 arrests, police say. 'Independent investigation' to follow," 16 June 2020 Brooks was shot after a confrontation with two Atlanta police officers in the parking lot. NBC News, "Police killing of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta ruled a homicide," 14 June 2020 The Seattle Times reported that a group of officers were spotted at the police precinct Thursday evening and that there was a brief confrontation with protesters. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "CHAZ, a 'no Cop Co-op': Here's what Seattle's Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone looks like," 12 June 2020 Investigators found Rose's cellphone at the scene which had recorded video of the confrontation with officers, IMPD's advisory said. Vic Ryckaert, The Indianapolis Star, "IMPD identifies officers who fatally shot McHale Rose in May," 12 June 2020 Richmond officers pursued the vehicles and made several stops within a 5-mile radius of the site of confrontation. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Richmond police detain multiple people with semi-automatic firearms at Robert E. Lee Monument," 12 June 2020 Video of a confrontation between police and a protester in upstate New York has gone viral, as millions rewatched footage of an elderly man lying on the ground with blood pooling near his head after being shoved backward by an officer., "Buffalo Probes Police Incident, More NYC Clashes: Protest Update," 5 June 2020 An officer fired a beanbag round at that protester, but apparently struck Howell in the head instead, said Manley, who reviewed video footage of the confrontation. Madalyn Mendoza,, "Texas State student from San Antonio critically hurt in Austin police clash with demonstrators," 5 June 2020

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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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29 Jun 2020

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“Confrontation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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