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confront

[kuh n-fruhnt] /kənˈfrʌnt/
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
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
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British Dictionary definitions for confronter

confront

/kənˈfrʌnt/
verb (transitive)
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
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 confronter
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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