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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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  • She could easily have brought herself to confront a struggle, but was quite unequal to an act of submission.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • And he was not blind to the dangers that might confront him on land.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • Exaggerated as it all was, somehow the melodrama dropped away from it and left bare, simple, hideous fact for her to confront.

    The Shuttle Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • I would take him to the studio and confront him with his own testimony.

  • The natives whom he expected to confront were the Uyanzi and Ubangi.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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