confrontation

[kon-fruhn-tey-shuhn, -fruhn-]
noun
1.
an act of confronting.
2.
the state of being confronted.
3.
a meeting of persons face to face.
4.
an open conflict of opposing ideas, forces, etc.
5.
a bringing together of ideas, themes, etc., for comparison.
6.
Psychology. a technique used in group therapy, as in encounter groups, in which one is forced to recognize one's shortcomings and their possible consequences.

Origin:
1625–35; confront + -ation; compare Medieval Latin confrontātiō, French, Middle French confrontation

nonconfrontation, noun
reconfrontation, noun
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confrontation or confrontment (ˌkɒnfrʌnˈteɪʃən, kɒnˈfrʌntmənt)
 
n
1.  the act or an instance of confronting
2.  a situation of mutual hostility between two powers or nations without open warfare
3.  a state of conflict between two antagonistic forces, creeds, or ideas etc
 
confrontment or confrontment
 
n
 
confrontational or confrontment
 
adj

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confrontation
1630s, "action of bringing two parties face to face," noun of action from confront. International political sense is attested from 1963 and traces to the "Cuban missile crisis" of the previous year. Related: Confrontational (1970).
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Example sentences
Historically, the route to fixing broken systems goes through struggle,
  confrontation and even revolution.
Though the confrontation may have been unusual, the outcome was not.
For the first time, they will be able to get right in the middle of a
  prehistoric confrontation never witnessed by any human.
He isn't shy about the confrontation of failure and he doesn't hold back
  negative feedback.
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