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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While four other counterprotesters also face felony allegations in the bus confrontations, including riot charges, Dial’s assault charge is the most severe. oregonlive, "Key protest witness nowhere near bus during Portland hammer attack, lawyer says," 12 Sep. 2019 One of the men involved in the confrontation was still there, but the other one had left., "Suspect’s ‘terrible’ balance did not stop his arrest: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 11 Sep. 2019 That simmering conflict explodes in a confrontation in a diner during which Lion calls his brother out for exploiting his talent, with no concern about the physical toll boxing is taking on him. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Jungleland': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 7 Sep. 2019 One video posted on Twitter shows the aftermath of the confrontation, with angry passengers yelling at the officers and crew. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Are Your Rights During During a Lengthy Tarmac Delay," 23 Aug. 2019 That confrontation, which was also shown on live television, inspired Bus 174, an award-winning documentary that explored the social roots of violence in Brazilian society and scrutinized problems in the police force and criminal justice system. Diane Jeantet,, "Brazilian police kill man who held bus passengers hostage," 20 Aug. 2019 Larry Adams, 61, was arrested after the bizarre confrontation, which residents said was sparked by loud music coming from a car outside a Daytona Beach apartment complex late Monday night, FOX35 Orlando reported. Fox News, "Florida man threatens neighbors with nunchucks and bug spray, but only injures himself: reports," 14 Aug. 2019 The short clip of the incident appears to show two officers in a confrontation with the teenage boy and a woman. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "IMPD chief: Punch in Shortridge High School incident captured on video was 'not taught or reasonable'," 31 Aug. 2019 Police gleaned that the victim had been involved in some sort of confrontation with the shooter. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego police seeking gunman after 27-year-old shot in Mt. Hope," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of confrontation

1632, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for confrontation

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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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