confrontation

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

Definition of confrontation

  1. :  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

confrontational

play \ˌkän-(ˌ)frən-ˈtā-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

confrontationalist

play \ˌkän-(ˌ)frən-ˈtā-sh(ə-)nə-list\ noun

confrontationist

play \ˌkän-(ˌ)frən-ˈtā-sh(ə-)nist\ noun or adjective

Examples of confrontation in a Sentence

  1. There were several violent confrontations between rival gangs.

  2. He would prefer not to have a confrontation with the authorities.

  3. a series of confrontations between residents and police

  4. We want cooperation, not confrontation.

  5. We seek to avoid military confrontation at all costs.

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Origin and Etymology of confrontation

see confront


First Known Use: 1632


CONFRONTATION Defined for English Language Learners

confrontation

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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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