confront

[kuhn-fruhnt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to face in hostility or defiance; oppose: The feuding factions confronted one another.
2.
to present for acknowledgment, contradiction, etc.; set face to face: They confronted him with evidence of his crime.
3.
to stand or come in front of; stand or meet facing: The two long-separated brothers confronted each other speechlessly.
4.
to be in one's way: the numerous obstacles that still confronted him.
5.
to bring together for examination or comparison.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Medieval Latin confrontārī, equivalent to Latin con- con- + -frontārī, derivative of Latin frōns forehead, front

confrontal, confrontment, noun
confronter, noun
reconfront, verb (used with object)
unconfronted, adjective
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confront (kənˈfrʌnt)
 
vb
1.  (usually foll by with) to present or face (with something), esp in order to accuse or criticize
2.  to face boldly; oppose in hostility
3.  to be face to face with; be in front of
4.  to bring together for comparison
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin confrontārī to stand face to face with, from frons forehead]
 
con'fronter
 
n

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confront
1560s, "to stand in front of," from M.Fr. confronter, from M.L. confrontare "assign limits, adjoin," from L. com- "together" + frontem (nom. frons) "forehead." Sense of "to face in defiance or hostility" is c.1580.
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Example sentences
No artist can be reproached for shrinking from a risk which only fools run to meet and only genius dare confront with impunity.
Talk to them, and you confront every modern challenge in weighing what medicine can do, versus what it should.
Talk to all sides, and you confront every modern challenge in weighing what medicine can do vs what it should.
Or they do not want to confront the intensified security, the risk of bomb
  threats.
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