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[kuh n-fruhnt] /kənˈfrʌnt/
verb (used with object)
to face in hostility or defiance; oppose:
The feuding factions confronted one another.
to present for acknowledgment, contradiction, etc.; set face to face:
They confronted him with evidence of his crime.
to stand or come in front of; stand or meet facing:
The two long-separated brothers confronted each other speechlessly.
to be in one's way:
the numerous obstacles that still confronted him.
to bring together for examination or comparison.
Origin of confront
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin confrontārī, equivalent to Latin con- con- + -frontārī, derivative of Latin frōns forehead, front
Related forms
confrontal, confrontment, noun
confronter, noun
reconfront, verb (used with object)
unconfronted, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for confront


verb (transitive)
(usually foll by with) to present or face (with something), esp in order to accuse or criticize
to face boldly; oppose in hostility
to be face to face with; be in front of
to bring together for comparison
Derived Forms
confronter, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin confrontārī to stand face to face with, from frons forehead
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Word Origin and History for confront

1560s, "to stand in front of," from Middle French confronter (15c.), from Medieval Latin confrontare "assign limits, adjoin," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + frontem (nominative frons) "forehead" (see front (n.)). Sense of "to face in defiance or hostility" is late 16c. Related: Confronted; confronting.

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