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
Business leaders no longer seem to fear Trump’s tweets; foreign leaders have moved from attempts to find rapport to direct confrontation.
On May 18, Ortega blasted Maduro’s proposed solution to the crisis, a constituent assembly that would create a new constitution; this, Ortega said, would only exacerbate the confrontation.
Milwaukee officials have approved a $2.3 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill black man who was fatally shot in a 2014 confrontation with a white police officer.
Constantine Mitsotakis, a former conservative prime minister remembered for fierce confrontations with Greece’s liberal and socialist parties as well as early free-market reforms during a 60-year political career, died May 29.
The chase ended at Sixth and Alton, where police had a confrontation with the suspects and the commotion caught the attention of several residents in the area.
The senior figure from the village described a long-running confrontation over the issue of locals providing guest-houses for Al Qaeda militants.
But the replay challenge system now in place has reduced the number of on-field confrontations with umps, so West is less visible on TV, relatively speaking.
The aggressive posture on the environment has set the stage for a confrontation between the Trump administration and the largest state in the nation.
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Origin and Etymology of confrontation
First Known Use: 1632
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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