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[kon-fruh n-tey-shuh n, -fruhn-] /ˌkɒn frənˈteɪ ʃən, -frʌn-/
an act of confronting.
the state of being confronted.
a meeting of persons face to face.
an open conflict of opposing ideas, forces, etc.
a bringing together of ideas, themes, etc., for comparison.
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 of confrontation
1625-35; confront + -ation; compare Medieval Latin confrontātiō, French, Middle French confrontation
Related forms
nonconfrontation, noun
reconfrontation, noun Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Yet a policy of confrontation rather than cooperation is entertained instead.
  • Here, the media has done a poor job, raising the strake for confrontation through distortion.
  • When piranhas enter into a confrontation they'll make a barking noise.
  • It is still seething over the losses that it sustained in the mutiny, but a confrontation with the government is unlikely.
  • Now those two opposing propositions are facing their moment of final confrontation.
  • No less unavoidable is a confrontation with the unions.
British Dictionary definitions for confrontation


the act or an instance of confronting
a situation of mutual hostility between two powers or nations without open warfare
a state of conflict between two antagonistic forces, creeds, or ideas etc
Derived Forms
confrontational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for confrontation

1630s, "action of bringing two parties face to face," from Medieval Latin confrontationem, noun of action from past participle stem of confrontare (see confront). International political sense is attested from 1963 and traces to the "Cuban missile crisis" of the previous year.

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