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 confrontation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
confrontationalist \ ˌkän-​(ˌ)frən-​ˈtā-​sh(ə-​)nə-​list How to pronounce confrontation (audio) \ noun
confrontationist \ ˌkän-​(ˌ)frən-​ˈtā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce confrontation (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 Short of that, however, the situation appears to be headed toward a confrontation. oregonlive, 3 June 2021 That theme of confronting the past pervades throughout the episode for several characters, including Emily, who's forced into an unexpected confrontation. Amanda Ostuni,, 2 June 2021 Lescouhier's wife, Xiang Xueqiu, got into a confrontation with two shop assistants in April. Jake Kwon, CNN, 31 May 2021 Television cameras showed a dugout confrontation between Girardi and Segura, who just committed two errors. Anthony Stitt, Forbes, 29 May 2021 Dolloff was working as a security guard for Denver station KUSA-TV when a confrontation broke out that led to Dolloff allegedly fatally shooting Keltner, authorities have said. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, 29 May 2021 Police say Cox was at the home and intervened, beginning a confrontation in which Vallow struck the back of Cox's head with the bat. CBS News, 28 May 2021 And in this interdependent, interlocked world, the way to enlightenment is through co-operation not confrontation. John Banville, WSJ, 28 May 2021 The show ultimately ended its run after a 2007 confrontation led a man to shoot and kill himself as police and a film crew forced their way into his home. Washington Post, 28 May 2021

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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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6 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Confrontation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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